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Goldwag, Arthur. 'isms and 'ologies; all the movements, ideologies, and doctrines that have shaped our world.

GOLDWAG, Arthur. 'isms and 'ologies; all the movements, ideologies, and doctrines that have shaped our world. Random House, Vintage. 388p. index, c2007. 978-0-307-27907-1. $14.95. SA

Seven categories and a 41-page index cover "all the movements, ideologies, and doctrines that have shaped our world." In the section on Politics and History, we find abolitionism, anti-Semitism, jihadism, Nazism, Maoism, and sansculottism. Philosophy and the Arts contains such terms as abstract expressionism, classicism, futurism, postcolonial theory, and surrealism. In the Science section are terms such as Darwinism, Mesmerism, and string theory. There are also sections on Economics, Religion, Sexual Perversions (exhibitionism, fetishism, sadism, transvestitism, voyeurism), and a section for such terms as Murphy's Law, Pollyanna, Catch-22, and yahoo. Some terms will be familiar, others esoteric. All are informative. Janet Julian, English Teacher (retired), Grafton, MA

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