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Stein and Day, 1986 - Social Science - 392 pages
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Colin Wilson and Damon Wilson have compiled a fascinating collection of scandals and intrigues. Scandal! is fully up to date and includes the facts on recent events that those in public life both in Europe and the USA would much rather were private. The book includes occasions when the 'spin' of Britain's New Labour government has spun out of control - not that the Conservatives are spared either, of course - and chronicles how those named in allegations surrounding the death of Robert Maxwell have retained influence and political power. Hollywood and the unreal world of celebrity provide fertile ground for gossip, much of it - such as the way that film director Roman Polanski's past has come back to haunt him - hush hush and strictly on the QT. And while we understand more than ever that being economical with the truth is a basic political skill, scandals involving eminent political players - from Richard Nixon to Bill Clinton and from Jeffrey Archer to Jonathan Aitken - have shown that politicians can still surprise us with their fallibility and humanity. Scandal! also takes a look at what ingredients make for a good scandal in our jaded age. From erring priests who are thrown to the lions, to family members who embarrass their Presidential clans, Scandal! has it all. Book jacket.

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Colin Wilson was born on June 26, 1931 in Leicester, England. He attended a local technical school, where he did well in physics and chemistry, and left at 16 to work in a wool factory. Before becoming a writer, he worked as a laboratory assistant, tax clerk, laborer and hospital porter. His first book, The Outsider, was published in 1956 when he was 24 years old. During his lifetime, he wrote more than 100 works on a wide variety of subjects including philosophy, religion, occult and supernatural phenomenea, music, sex, crime and critical theory. His other works include Religion and the Rebel, The Age of Defeat, Ritual in the Dark, The Strength to Dream, Origins of the Sexual Impulse, The Occult, Alien Dawn, Dreaming to Some Purpose, The Angry Years: The Rise and Fall of the Angry Young Men, and Super Consciousness. His biographies include works on Bernard Shaw, David Lindsay, Herman Hesse, Wilhelm Reich, Jorge Luis Borges, Ken Russell, Rudolph Steiner, Aleister Crowley, and P. D. Ouspensky. Wilson died on December 5, 2013 at the age of 82.

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