The Optimist's Handbook A Companion to Hope ; The Pessimist's Handbook : A Companion to Despair

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Publisher's Synopsis

Are optimists just reckless dreamers? Are pessimists miserable doom-mongers or just erring on the side of caution? Is the glass half empty or half full?

Brilliantly compiled and beautifully written, this is a rich anthology of evidence from both sides of any argument. Covering everything from Beauty to Happiness, Patriotism to Walking, it is the perfect tool for squabbling families, a counterbalance for arguing couples and a mine of detail for the quarrelsome.

The Optimist on the Afterlife: My heaven will be filled with wonderful young men and dukes. (Dame Barbara Cartland)
And the Pessimist: 'That's what Hell will be like, small chat to the babbling of Lethe about the good old days when we wished we were dead. (Samuel Beckett)

Book information

ISBN: 9780552776110
Publisher: Transworld
Imprint: Black Swan
Pub date:
DEWEY: 149.5
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Number of pages: 156
Weight: 228g
Height: 197mm
Width: 130mm
Spine width: 21mm