Aristotle and an Aardvark Go to Washington : Understanding Political Doublespeak Through Philosophy and Jokes
"Eats, Shoots and Leaves" meets 'Meet the Press' in this hilarious follow-up to the "New York Times" bestselling book "Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar"...Politics is the Shangri-La of comedy. Tom Cathcart and Daniel Klein are in top form in this rollicking - and revealing - analysis of political doublespeak, flimflam and the alternate realities that exist only in the minds of our modern Machiavelli's. With humour as well as an insight or two from Aristotle and his peers, our two favourite philosopher comedians parse the language of our elected (and court-appointed) officials. Who else could analyze Bill Clinton's famous, 'It depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is?'?In this endlessly entertaining romp through popular pronouncements, readers learn to unravel the circuitous claptrap of politicos ranging from Caesar to Condoleezza Rice, Genghis Khan to Al Sharpton. They'll learn to identify tricks such as the Texas Sharpshooter Fallacy (Non Causa Pro Causa) and the Fallacy Fallacy or Argumentum ad Logicam (because while it's best to actually understand what the president is trying to say, knowing the Latin name it for it comes a close second).
- Hardback | 192 pages
- 133 x 184 x 25mm | 263g
- 01 Mar 2008
- Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
- New York, United States
- cl/bw/tt illustrations, cl/bw/tt photographs
About Thomas Cathcart
Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein are authors of the national bestseller, Plato and Platypus Walked into a Bar: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes. The book was featured on the New York Times best-sellers list. The authors have been best friends since Harvard, where they both majored in philosophy. Dan has written jokes for various comedians including Flip Wilson and Lily Tomlin, designed stunts for Candid Camera, and authored several thrillers and mysteries. Tom dropped in and out of various divinity schools and currently makes certain that Danny's jokes are philosophically accurate. Dan lives in the Berkshires with his wife; Tom lives on Cape Cod with his wife.