This is the one book whose content I will take to my grave. When the time comes, to whom it may concern, please make sure it’s burnt and scattered with me. But first, make sure you scan every page and shove them, word by word, down the virtual throat and up the virtual arse of every politician, profiteer and prince on the planet.
Here’s the table of contents. Read it carefully.
I suggest that, when considering any statement you come across by anybody who is promoting a cause, be they a politician, profiteer, prince or just ordinary person, you turn each of those chapter headings into a question, usually in the form of ‘is this person using this crooked trick?’ This book taught me those basics when I was fourteen, and my best life choices have, I think, come from there. Except the ones that came from somewhere completely different, of course.
Oh, and how many of those tricks do you think I’ve used in the course of this post? (Clue: I don’t know either.)
The book was first published in 1930 and reissued in a revised edition by Pan Books in in 1953. If I have infringed any copyrights, I hope I don’t need to apologise, but gladly do so nevertheless.