The Trail of the Dinosaur & Other Essays

The Trail of the Dinosaur & Other Essays

The Trail of the Dinosaur & Other Essays

The Trail of the Dinosaur & Other Essays

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The essays, lectures and broadcast talks in this book date from 1946 to 1955 and are a sequel to a previous collection, The Yogi and the Commissar, completed in 1944. At that time the Western world lived in the euphoria of approaching victory, and the pessimistic forecasts in that volume were almost unanimously rejected as fantasies of a morbid imagination. In the ten years that have passed since The Yogi and the Commissar was published, all its pessimistic and seemingly absurd predictions have come true, but none of its optimistic and seemingly plausible ones -- few and cautious though the latter were.

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"The typical career of the French politician", I wrote some years ago, "reads like a book, from left to right." Though I am not a French politician, the evolution reflected in these essays could be regarded as a confirmation of that rule-if the words "left" and "right" still possessed any concrete political meaning. One of the submissions of the present volume is that they have lost that meaning, and that man, if he is to survive, must shift the focus of his eyes to more vital questions.

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