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Saul, John Ralston 1947-

Overview
Works: 165 works in 517 publications in 6 languages and 10,041 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Biography  Humor  Glossaries, vocabularies, etc  Dictionaries  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Black humor 
Roles: Author of introduction
Classifications: PR6069.A78, 823.914
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Most widely held works by John Ralston Saul
The unconscious civilization by John Ralston Saul ( Book )
33 editions published between 1995 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 1,129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Saul argues that, "corporate priorities have now become so woven into our social fabric that they threaten the practice of Western democracy."
Voltaire's bastards : the dictatorship of reason in the West by John Ralston Saul ( Book )
33 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in English and held by 1,101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In a wide-ranging, provocative anatomy of modern society and its origins, novelist and historian John Ralston Saul explores the reason for our deepening sense of crisis and confusion. Throughout the Western world we talk endlessly of individual freedom, yet Saul shows that there has never before been such pressure for conformity. Our business leaders describe themselves as capitalists, yet most are corporate employees and financial speculators. We are obsessed with competition, yet the single largest item of international trade is a subsidized market in armaments. We call our governments democracies, yet few of us participate in politics. We complain about "invasive government," yet our legal, educational, financial, social, cultural and legislative systems are breaking down. While most observers view these problems separately, Saul demonstrates that they are largely manifestations of our blind faith in the value of reason. Over the last 400 years, our "rational elites" have gradually instituted reforms in every phase of social life. But Saul shows that they have also been responsible for most of the difficulties and violence of the same period. This paradox arises from a simple truth which our elites deny: far from being a moral force, reason is no more than an administrative method. Their denial has helped to turn the modern West into a vast, incomprehensible, directionless machine, run by process-minded experts - "Voltaire's bastards"--Whose cult of scientific management is bereft of both sense and morality. Whether in politics, art, business, the military, entertainment, science, finance, academia or journalism, these experts share the same outlook and methods. The result, Saul maintains, is a civilization of immense technological power whose peoples increasingly dwell in a world of illusion. Already known to millions of readers as the author of novels which portray the overwhelming effects of this power on the modern individual by weaving together international finance, the oil and arms business, guerrilla warfare, drug traffic, and the world of art, here Saul lays aside the mask of fiction to speak in his own voice. Only by withdrawing from our addiction to "solutions," he argues, reclaiming the citizens' right to question and participate in public life, and recovering a common sense capacity for intelligent panic, can we find a way out of our permanent crisis
Do we care? renewing Canada's commitment to health : proceedings of the First Directions for Canadian Health Care Conference by Directions for Canadian Health Care Conference ( )
5 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 940 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Canadians know just how much is at stake in the health care debate. Do We Care? offers convincing reasons for renewing Canada's commitment to health care and explores innovative means of turning commitment into action. The challenge, both in theory and in practice, involves many different fields, and demands a broad-based, integrated response. Do We Care? examines the major issues that must now be addressed in order to establish a framework for sound decisions compatible with our society's values. Book jacket."--Jacket
The collapse of globalism : and the reinvention of the world by John Ralston Saul ( Book )
37 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 926 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"In 1999, Saul began arguing that Globalism was collapsing. In 2005, he laid out this scenario in The Collapse of Globalism. Now Saul has enlarged the book, showing how today's crisis came about and suggesting what to do next"--Backcover
The paradise eater by John Ralston Saul ( Book )
25 editions published between 1988 and 2001 in 4 languages and held by 648 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A la charnière du roman ##documentaire## et du roman ##littéraire##. A Bangkok, des généraux et des "hommes d'affaires" qui vivent du trafic de drogue avec le Laos n'apprécient pas la curiosité d'un héros, John Field, journaliste occasionnel canadien
The birds of prey by John Ralston Saul ( Book )
20 editions published between 1977 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 615 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The next best thing by John Ralston Saul ( Book )
11 editions published between 1986 and 1997 in English and held by 589 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The doubter's companion : a dictionary of aggressive common sense by John Ralston Saul ( Book )
12 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 431 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Baraka : a novel by John Ralston Saul ( Book )
20 editions published between 1983 and 2007 in 7 languages and held by 382 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
On equilibrium by John Ralston Saul ( Book )
10 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in English and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"John Ralston Saul explains how our different qualities give us the intelligence, self-confidence and practical ability to think and act as responsible individuals. He argues, however, that when certain human qualities are worshipped in isolation they become weaknesses even forces of destruction or self-destruction. In short, they become ideologies. How then can we use our qualities as positive forces in our own lives - and the life of our society? How can we use them so that each builds upon the other in order to reinforce us as humans? Saul's answer is Balance. On Equilibrium is an intelligent, persuasive and controversial exploration of the essential qualities of humanity and how they can be used to achieve equilibrium for the self and to foster an ethical society. It is at once an attack on our weakness for ideologies and a manual for humanist action."--pub. desc
Reflections of a Siamese twin : Canada at the end of the twentieth century by John Ralston Saul ( Book )
9 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Dark diversions : a traveler's tale by John Ralston Saul ( Book )
10 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The narrator, insinuating himself into the lives of aristocrats, takes readers into a world of secret lovers, exiled princesses, and religious heresies, where he becomes the embodiment of the very "dark diversions" he chronicles
A fair country : telling truths about Canada by John Ralston Saul ( Book )
10 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Saul argues passionately that Canada is a Métis nation heavily influenced and shaped by Aboriginal ideas
Marshall McLuhan by Douglas Coupland ( Book )
3 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Doug Coupland, a celebrated child of McLuhan, portrays and interprets the world-famous communications guru's life and achievements
Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine and Robert Baldwin by John Ralston Saul ( Book )
8 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and French and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
On equilibrium : the six qualities of the new humanism by John Ralston Saul ( Book )
1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Is sacrificing one's life for a higher goal admirable? How can we actually determine "evil" and "good" in the daily world? These are practical questions which cut to the very heart of what it means to be human. John Ralston Saul, in his matter-of-fact discussion of six basic human qualities -- common sense, ethics, imagination, intuition, memory, and reason -- confronts these concepts in a manner not done since Thomas Paine more than two centuries ago." "In a popular, easy-to-understand style, Saul explains why essential qualities of being human cannot exist in isolation, but both depend on and enrich each other. Balance is key. On Equilibrium is a ground-breaking and persuasive exploration of the human struggle for personal and social balance. Book jacket."--BOOK JACKET
Les bâtards de Voltaire : la dictature de la raison en Occident by John Ralston Saul ( Book )
11 editions published between 1993 and 2000 in French and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Essai où l'auteur explique que la croyance aveugle en la valeur et au pouvoir de la raison sont responsables des problèmes que vit notre société occidentale. [SDM]
Read this! : why books matter by Karen Zoppa ( Book )
2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Reflections by authors, poets, teachers
Joseph Howe & the battle for freedom of speech by John Ralston Saul ( Book )
2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Der Markt frißt seine Kinder : wider die Ökonomisierung der Gesellschaft by John Ralston Saul ( Book )
7 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in German and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
Ralston Saul, John
Ralston Saul, John 1947-
Saul, J. R.
Saul, J. Ralston 1947-
Saul, J. Ralston (John Ralston)
Saul, J. Ralston (John Ralston), 1947-
Saul, John
Saul, John, 1947-
Saul, John R. 1947-
Saul, John Ralston
Saul, John Ralston, 1947-
Сол, Джон Ролстон, 1947-
جون رالستون سول، 1947-
ソウル, ジョン・ラルストン
ソール, ジョン・R
Languages
English (236)
French (20)
German (11)
Italian (5)
Spanish (4)
Dutch (1)
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