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9780062027467 â€œIt takes true brilliance to lift the arid tellings of lexicographic fussing into the readable realm of the thriller and the bodice-ripper....David Skinner has done precisely this, taking a fine story and honing it to popular perfection.â€ â€”Simon Winchester, New York Times bestselling author of The Professor and the Madman The Story of Ainâ€™t by David Skinner is the captivating true chronicle of the creation of Merriam Websterâ€™s Third New International Dictionary in 1961, the most controversial dictionary ever published. Skinnerâ€™s surprising and engaging, erudite and witty account will enthrall fans of Winchesterâ€™s The Professor and the Madman and The Meaning of Everything, and The Know-It-All by A.J. Jacobs, as it explores a culture in transition and the brilliant, colorful individuals behind it. The Story of Ainâ€™t is a smart, often outrageous, and altogether remarkable tale of how egos, infighting, and controversy shaped one of Americaâ€™s most authoritative language texts, sparking a furious language debate that the late, great author David Foster Wallace (Infinite Jest) once called â€œthe Fort Sumter of the Usage Wars.â€Â
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9780674725447 For much of the twentieth century, large companies employing many workers formed the bedrock of the U.S. economy. Today, on the list of big business's priorities, sustaining the employer-worker...
9780713454109 1987 Publication (probable First). Book is as new with price clipped from lower front corner of DJ. It appears not have been read. Ships next day from the US....