Covering such inscrutable characters as Martin Heidegger, Michel de Montaigne, Karl Popper, and Claude Lévi-Strauss (apparently not just a designer of jeans), writer Hubert van den Bergh—author of the best-selling How to Sound Clever—and journalist Thomas W. Hodgkinson offer you a wry look inside the mirrored palaces of high culture.
Read this book and you'll never again mistake Hegel for Engels, you'll know when precisely to drop Foucault's name into a conversation and how to pronounce "Borgesian," and you'll learn many more essential pointers for the intellectual life.
'Damn, all my cheating secrets revealed. In book form' -- Stephen Fry 'This admirable book is a wholly welcome antidote to the semi-demi-literacy of the 21st century. Go out and buy it!' * Colin Dexter on How to Sound Clever * 'Terrific. With almost miraculous concision, they combine biographical information and often quite bracing judgments with jokes, some great quotations and lots of arresting little facts.' * Daily Mail *
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Icon Books (June 14, 2016)