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In Praise of Flattery

 
 
Author
Willis Goth Regier.
Publisher Nebraska  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.75 x 5.75 x 0.75 inches
ISBN 9780803239692
Pages/Publication Date 189/2007
Daedalus Item Code 43184
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Where would we be without flattery? Alexander the Great applied it as imperial policy, Caesar and Cleopatra were masters of it, and Napoleon devoured it, although Cicero called flattery "the handmaid of vice" and Tacitus compared it to poison. "Even in the very warmest, friendliest, and simplest relations," noted Leo Tolstoy, "flattery or praise is needed just as grease is needed to keep wheels going round." In this collection of literary and historical examples, quotes, and anecdotes, Willis Goth Regier offers a book for those who would understand the history, tactics, pleasures—and dangers—of flattery.

"The book contains many gems: exquisite, entertaining, carefully chosen words by the obscure ... and the mighty."—Bookforum

 
 
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