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In Thought and Action: The Enigmatic Life of S. I. Hayakawa

In Thought and Action: The Enigmatic Life of S. I. Hayakawa

Gerald & Janice Haslam's intimate and detailed biography of famed general semantics popularizer S. I. Hayakawa

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In Thought and Action:

The Enigmatic Life of S. I. Hayakawa

by Gerald & Janice Haslam

WINNER - S. I. Hayakawa Book Prize 2013

WINNER - Award of Merit - AASLH Leadership in History Awards 2013

This intimate and detailed biography of the man whose popular book Language in Thought and Action is used as an introduction to general semantics for high-school and college students today draws on interviews with friends and family members, as well as Hayakawa’s own papers and journals, to bring this controversial and fascinating figure to life.

He was an enigma to colleagues as well as adversaries, a Republican senator who consistently bucked his party’s ideals with his support of the women’s movement, abortion rights, and even Ronald Reagan’s search for a female running mate. The son of Japanese immigrants, born and raised in Canada before moving to the United States, Hayakawa emerges here as a complex and complicated figure. His blend of heritage, politics, artistic inclination, and intellectual achievement makes him quintessentially American.

Also available in Kindle format from Amazon and Nook format from Barnes & Noble.

2011.  ISBN 0803237642. 472 pp.  Softcover. 1.4 lbs.

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