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Saul, John Ralston 1947-

Works: 158 works in 549 publications in 10 languages and 10,151 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biography  Humor  History  Glossaries, vocabularies, etc  Dictionaries  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Black humor 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction
Classifications: PR6069.A78, 823.914
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Most widely held works by John Ralston Saul
Voltaire's bastards : the dictatorship of reason in the West by John Ralston Saul( Book )
57 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 1,247 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
The unconscious civilization by John Ralston Saul( Book )
47 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 1,196 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."
The collapse of globalism : and the reinvention of the world by John Ralston Saul( Book )
50 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in English and French and held by 1,054 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Globalization, like many great ideologies before it, is dead. Despite the almost religious certainty with which it was conceived, nation states have not become extinct, international trade has not created real wealth that has spread across society and many dictatorships have not changed into democracies. In this groundbreaking book, the distinguished philosopher John Ralston Saul examines where we go from here. As the hope of global prosperity fades and the problems of immigration, terrorism and the collapsing economy cause the world's nations to rethink their relationships, Saul's exhilar
Do we care? renewing Canada's commitment to health : proceedings of the First Directions for Canadian Health Care Conference by Évolution possible des soins de santé( )
5 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 1,054 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 next best thing by John Ralston Saul( Book )
22 editions published between 1986 and 2003 in 4 languages and held by 619 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A travers les jungles birmanes, des aventures contemporaines sur le mode des "thrillers."
The birds of prey by John Ralston Saul( Book )
20 editions published between 1977 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 612 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The paradise eater by John Ralston Saul( Book )
16 editions published between 1988 and 1997 in English and held by 596 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The doubter's companion : a dictionary of aggressive common sense by John Ralston Saul( Book )
19 editions published between 1994 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 475 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A long and distinguished tradition of writers have used the form of a satirical dictionary to undermine the received ideas of their day. Voltaire wrote a sharply humorous "Philosophical Dictionary," while Samuel Johnson's dictionary of the English language was derisive and opinionated. These early dictionaries and encyclopedias were really weapons in a struggle for the soul of civilization between forces of humanistic enlightenment and the forces of orthodoxy and dogmatism. Their authors attacked and exposed the half-truths of their day by showing that it was possible to think differently about the social and political arrangements that everyone took for granted. But as John Ralston Saul argues in this decidedly unorthodox book, modern dictionaries have once again been captured by the forces of orthodoxy'albeit this time a rationalist orthodoxy. Our language has become as predictable, fragmented, and rhetorical as it was in the 18th century, divided as it is by special interest groups into dialects of expertise that are hermetically sealed off and inaccessible to citizens. In The Doubter's Companion, a marvelous subversive contribution to the great 18th century tradition of the humanist dictionary, Saul skewers and discredits the accepted content of common terms like Advertising, Academics, and Air Conditioning (defined as "an efficient means for spreading disease in enclosed public spaces"); Cannibal, Conservative, and Croissant; Dandruff, Death, and Dictionary ("opinions presented as truth in alphabetical order"); and several hundred others, including Biography ("a respectable form of pornography"), Museum ("safe storage for stolen objects"), and Manners ("people are always splendid when they're dead"). There is much in this volume that will stimulate, offend, provoke, perplex, and entertain. But Saul deploys these tactics of guerilla lexicography to advance the more serious purpose of reclaiming public language from the stultifying dialects of modern expertise
Baraka : a novel by John Ralston Saul( Book )
21 editions published between 1983 and 2007 in 7 languages and held by 378 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
On equilibrium by John Ralston Saul( Book )
13 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in English and French and held by 270 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
A fair country : telling truths about Canada by John Ralston Saul( Book )
15 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and French and held by 259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Saul argues passionately that Canada is a Métis nation heavily influenced and shaped by Aboriginal ideas
Dark diversions : a traveller's tale by John Ralston Saul( Book )
16 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In 'Dark Diversions' acclaimed author John Ralston Saul stages a black comedy of international proportions that takes the reader from New York to Paris to Morocco to Haiti in the 1980's and 1990's. When he's not encountering dictators in Third World hot spots, Saul's narrator moves in privileged circles on both sides of the Atlantic, insinuating himself in to the lives of well-to-do aristocrats. Through his exploits we experience a fascinating world of secret lovers, exiled princesses, death by veganism and religious heresies. The emotional fireworks of these inhabitants of the First World are sharply juxtaposed with the political infighting of the dictators and the corruption, double-dealing and fawning that attend them. But as the narrator becomes further enmeshed in these worlds, his outsider status grows more ambiguous: Is he a documentarian of privileged foibles and fundamental inequity, or an embodiment of the very "dark diversions" he chronicles?
Reflections of a Siamese twin : Canada at the end of the twentieth century by John Ralston Saul( Book )
10 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In Reflections of a Siamese TwinInstead, we assert absolute differences between ourselves: we are English or we are French; Natives or Europeans; early immigrants or newly arrived; from the east or from the west. Or we bow to ideologies and deny all differences in the name of nationalism, unity, or equality. In a startling exercise in reorientation, John Ralston Saul makes sense of Canadian myths--real, false, denied--and reconciles them with the reality of today's politics, culture, and economics
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 )
9 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and French and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Canada has no better interpreter than prolific writer and thinker John Ralston Saul. Here he argues that Canada did not begin in 1867; indeed, its foundation was laid by two visionary men, Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine and Robert Baldwin. The two leaders of Lower and Upper Canada, respectively, worked together after the 1841 Union to lead a reformist movement for responsible government run by elected citizens instead of a colonial governor. / But it was during the "Great Ministry" of 1848'51 that the two politicians implemented laws that created a more equitable country. They revamped judicial institutions, created a public education system, made bilingualism official, designed a network of public roads, began a public postal system, and reformed municipal governance. Faced with opposition, and even violence, the two men' polar opposites in temperament'united behind a set of principles and programs that formed modern Canada. Writing with verve and deep conviction, Saul restores these two extraordinary Canadians to rightful prominence
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
A dialogue on democracy in Canada by John Ralston Saul( Book )
3 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and French and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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
Read this! : why books matter by Karen Zoppa( Book )
2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Reflections by authors, poets, teachers
Mort d'un général : [roman] by John Ralston Saul( Book )
7 editions published between 1977 and 1997 in French and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Une nuit de printemps, l'appareil ramenant en France le général Marcotte, chef de l'armée, s'écrase dans une île de l'océan Indien : 19 morts. L'enquête officielle organisée sur place tourne court. Quelques années plus tard, d'infimes indices incitent Charles Stone, mi-aventurier mi-journaliste, à entreprendre à titre privé des recherches sur cet accident oublié. 7e roman de politique-fiction
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Alternative Names
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Saul, J. R.
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Сол, Джон Ролстон 1947-
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