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The Importance of Living is a wry, witty antidote to the dizzying pace of the modern world. Lin Yutang's prescription is the classic Chinese philosophy of life: Revere inaction as much as action, invoke humor to maintain a healthy attitude, and never forget that there will always be plenty of fools around who are willing-indeed, eager-to be busy, to make themselves useful, and to exercise power while you bask in the simple joy of existence. At a time when we're overwhelmed with wake-up calls, here is a refreshing, playful reminder to savor life's simple pleasures.
This book is a historical survey of the forty years of the Soviet rule in Russia, and an examination of its change of character from extreme left to extreme right. It is not meant as a report of contemporary Russia, or its latest zigzag developments, but is rather aimed at revealing the true character of the state and providing a background for the average reader who wishes to be informed of the main tendencies and developments of the past period.
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