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In the tradition of The Devil’s Dictionary, Contradictionary assembles a wide range of wit and whimsy. This is no mere miscellany, but a light-hearted work of serious literature, concentrating a wealth of ideas and history into aphorisms and anecdotes.


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Whence do Stockholm Syndrome and Broken Window Theory derive their names? What is the common root of aristocracy and democracy? Who gets diagnosed with Anarchia and Drapetomania? How did voting kill Edgar Allen Poe, and why is a crater on the dark side of the moon named for the man who blew up the Tsar? Alternately scathing and sublime, Contradictionary pulls back the curtain from the war within every word, revealing the conflict behind the façade of the commonplace.

Contradictionary compiles and extends the glossary of terms section from CrimethInc’s periodical, Rolling Thunder.  A section that provided accurate alternative meanings for terms and words. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes so close to the bone you’ll break.

Book details:
ISBN: nope
Size: 14cm x 10cm
Pages: 320 + cover
Published: 2013  (reprinted 2022)
Words: 45,478
Illustrations: 64
Photographs: 20
Definitions: 519
Cover Style: Faux-black-leather vinyl cover with gold foil stamp, and two colours (black & sepia) with full bleeds throughout.
Format: paperback pocketbook
Binding Style: Perfectbound w/ PUR glue

Weight 252 g
Dimensions 14 × 10.5 × 1.9 cm