What's Wrong with the World

What's Wrong with the World

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In the aptly titled treatise What's Wrong With the World, one of the twentieth century's most memorable and prolific writers takes on education, government, big business, feminism, and a host of other topics. A steadfast champion of the working man, family, and faith, Chesterton eloquently opposed materialism, snobbery, hypocrisy, and any adversary of freedom and simplicity in modern society.
Culled from the thousands of essays he contributed to newspapers and periodicals over his lifetime, the critical works collected for this edition pulse with the author's unique brand of clever commentary. As readable and rewarding today as when they were written over a century ago, these pieces offer Chesterton's unparalleled analysis of contemporary ideals, his incisive critique of modern efficiency, and his humorous but heartfelt defense of the common man against trendsetting social assaults.
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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 137 x 216 x 11mm | 236g
  • New York, United States
  • English
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  • 0486454274
  • 9780486454276
  • 85,485

Table of contents

Part I: The Homelessnes of Man
1. The Medical Mistake
2. Wanted, an Unpractical Man
3. The New Hypocrite
4. The Fear of the Past
5. The Unfinished Temple
6. The Enemies of Property
7. The Free Family
8. The Wildness of Domesticity
9. History of Hudge and Gudge
10. Oppression by Optimism
11. The Homelessness of Jones
Part II: Imperialism: Or the Mistake About Man
1. The Charm of Jingoism
2. Wisdom and the Weather
3. The Common Vision
4. The Insane Necessity
Part III: Feminism: Or the Mistake About Woman
1. The Unmilitary Suffragette
2. The Universal Stick
3. The Emancipation of Domesticity
4. The Romance of Thrift
5. The Coldness of Chloe
6. The Pedant and the Savage
7. The Modern Surrender of Woman
8. The Brand of the Fleur de Lys
9. Sincerity and the Gallows
10. The Higher Anarchy
11. The Queen and the Suffragettes
12. The Modern Slave
Part IV: Education: Or the Mistake About the Child
1. The Calvinism of To-day
2. The Tribal Terror
3. The Tricks of Environment
4. The Truth About Education
5. An Evil Cry
6. Authority the Unavoidable
7. The Humility of Mrs. Grundy
8. The Broken Rainbow
9. The Need for Narrowness
10. The Case for the Public Schools
11. The School for Hypocrites
12. The Staleness of the New Schools
13. The Outlawed Parent
14. Folly and Female Education
Part V: The Home of Man
1. The Empire of the Insect
2. The Fallacy of the Umbrella Stand
3. The Dreadful Duty of Gudge
4. A Doubt
5. Conclusion
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About G K Chesterton

Widely known as the "Prince of Paradox," G. K. Chesterton was one of the most influential English writers and thinkers of the 20th century. Chesterton's prodigious talents embraced a wide range of subjects, from philosophy and religion to detective fiction and fantasy. And while his writings are light and whimsical, they are filled with direct and honest truths.
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