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  • Published: 15 April 2013
  • ISBN: 9780091951450
  • Imprint: Ebury Press
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $24.99

Gwynne's Grammar

The Ultimate Introduction to Grammar and the Writing of Good English. Incorporating also Strunk's Guide to Style.

A timely and beautifully designed guide to the English grammar we all know we ought to know

'Grammar is the science of using words rightly, leading to thinking rightly, leading to deciding rightly, without which – as both common sense and experience show – happiness is impossible. Therefore: happiness depends at least partly on good grammar.'

So writes Mr Gwynne in his small, but perfectly formed new book. Mr Gwynne believes passionately that we must regain our knowledge of the lost science of grammar before it is too late.

Formerly a successful businessman, Mr Gwynne has for many years been teaching and tutoring just about every sort of subject to just about every sort of pupil in just about every sort of circumstance. His teaching methods are very much the traditional, common-sense ones, refined over the centuries, that were almost everywhere until they were abolished in the 1960s.

Being disappointed in the standards of grammar he encountered in his pupils, Mr Gwynne, over time, wrote this wonderful, succinct and yet comprehensive little book – because nothing quite as suitable already existed.

This edition also includes Strunk’s classic guide to style, explaining how to write well and the main pitfalls to avoid.

Beautifully designed, easy to understand and a joy to read, Gwynne's Grammar may be the best little book you will ever have in your life.

  • Published: 15 April 2013
  • ISBN: 9780091951450
  • Imprint: Ebury Press
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $24.99

About the author

Nevile Gwynne

Mr Gwynne is the much loved and passionate educator who is on a crusade. He believes in old-fashioned values, that the modern school system is hopeless – and that keen and close study is the only way to become an enlightened and better person. Now living in County Wexford, Ireland, and in his 70s, N M Gwynne was formerly a successful businessman in London and Australia. On retirement in the 1980s, he took up teaching and soon found that his traditional methods, universal up to the 1960s and refined and perfected century after century up till then, had become all but unique. Subjects he has been teaching – in classrooms, in lecture halls, and nowadays mostly privately – include English, Latin, Greek, French, German, mathematics, history, classical philosophy, natural medicine, the elements of music, and "How to start up and run your own business”. He has taught all over the world and thanks to the internet and Skype, he has sometimes found himself, at different times in a single day, teaching as far apart as India, Europe and western USA.

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Praise for Gwynne's Grammar

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Jack F. Matlock, Jr., author of Autopsy on an Empire, Reagan and Gorbachev, and Superpower Illusions

A profound, and wise, book - one of the most important works on politics for a long time. On the basis of penetrating, wide-ranging analysis, traversing democratic and authoritarian systems, Archie Brown clearly demonstrates the commonly held belief in strong leadership as the answer to political problems to be completely, often disastrously, misplaced.

Sir Ian Kershaw

This book badly needed to be written, and only Archie Brown - with his unique breadth of scholarly knowledge combined with a finger-tip feel for real-world politics - could possibly have written it. It turns out that there are fewer strong leaders in the world than is often supposed and that many of them, far from being desirable, are positively dangerous. Perhaps the best political systems are those that are effectively "leader-proofed".

Anthony King, Professor of Government at the University of Essex and co-author of The Blunders of Our Governments

A magnificent achievement, The Myth of the Strong Leader combines bold conceptual analysis with vivid descriptions of leaders ranging from Stalin and Hitler to Roosevelt and Churchill, from Mao Zedong and Fidel Castro to LBJ and Nelson Mandela... This is a book which will be read with sheer pleasure by the general reader for its riveting insights and by students throughout the world as a lucid and witty guide to distinctive kinds of political leadership.

Wm. Roger Louis, former President of the American Historical Association

Hallelujah! For those of us in Leadership Studies the dry spells can be long long periods of time without sensational additional contributions to the field. Brown's is such a book, a gift to serious students of leadership, equally a gift to thoughtful practitioners. As befits a historian and political scientist of international eminence, Brown has crafted a sweeping survey of the field... This, finally, is a book that belongs on the shelf of anyone, everyone, who is remotely interested in the political dynamics of dominance and deference.

Barbara Kellerman, Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government

The best analysis of the nature of true leadership I have read.

Gary Hart, Former United States Senator

For nearly a half century, Archie Brown has been one of our most perceptive observers of world leaders and their contexts, from Mikhail Gorbachev's Soviet Union to Margaret Thatcher's Britain and beyond. His message is that our virtues are in fact our vices. Being decisive, staying the course, and having a clear vision are lauded as the core requirements of good leadership - yet they have just as often blinded those in authority to the folly of their own choices. Established leaders as well as aspiring ones should heed the lessons in Brown's timely book.

Charles King, Professor of International Affairs and Government, Georgetown University

This is a real triumph of scholarship and intellect - and brilliantly written. Archie Brown demonstrates how dangerous is the myth of the strong leader and he pinpoints the disservice it does to society. The book is awesome in the depth of its analysis and in providing truly indispensable insights.

Lilia Shevtsova, Chair, Russian Domestic Politics and Political Institutions Program at the Carnegie Moscow Center

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Alfred Stepan, Professor of Government, Columbia University

A sure-handed historical review with an engaging viewpoint

Kirkus Review

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Philip Collins, The Times

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Richard Overy, Literary Review

[A] persuasive analysis of political leadership. It could be read with profit - and perhaps even some relief - by any politician aiming for the top job

Donald MacIntyre, Independent

A lively and probing scholarly reflection on the interplay of power and high politics. [Brown] applies his thesis as persuasively to totalitarian and authoritarian regimes as to democracies

Gordon M. Goldstein, Washington Post Sunday

Brown has somehow succeeded in writing about all those people in a manner never superficial, often persuasively insightful, and even compellingly original

Edward N. Luttak, Times Literary Supplement

Counter-intuitive but splendidly argued... This is an ambitious work made more compelling by its breadth

Washington Post

It is a pleasure to find a book on political leadership that imposes no theories or models but studies actual political leaders, dozens of them from many countries, in a historical survey from the beginning of the 20th century

Wall Street Journal

An astute and insightful analysis of the qualities of true leadership

Good Book Guide

Brown is both an outstanding political scholar and an elegant, witty writer

Richard Reeves, Guardian

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Richard Reeves, Guardian

An eminently readable and indeed convincing book. It avoids reducing "good" leadership practice to a set of dogmatic formula or list of general principles

Michael Rowe, History Today

Brown offers an astute analysis of the qualities of true leadership

Good Book Guide

A brilliant exploration of political leaders in democratic, authoritarian and totalitarian regimes... Brown's excellent book stresses the importance of the context for the appearance of effective leaders and, when dealing with democratic regimes, the importance of the institutions

Political Quarterly

The Myth of the Strong Leader makes an argument that needs making ...[and] provides an original approach to the international political history of the past century

Political Studies Review

One could quote endlessly from this fine book. Reading it is like sitting at the feet of a wise, gentle but deeply knowledgeable tutor, firm in opinions founded on a lifetime's study of the real world

Lord Cormack, House Magazine

An important and unusual read... Brown does a wonderful job of showing how the same qualities that can seem so appealing in strong leaders can lead, in the mildest cases, to bad decisions - and, in the most extreme cases, to death and suffering on a massive scale.... Though The Myth of the Strong Leader is about political leadership, you come away from Brown's book with a deeper understanding of leadership in general

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