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by Charles Issawi with illustrations by David Pascal



About the Book:

    This is an unusual collection of laws and aphorisms by Charles Issawi, the renowned economists and Middle East scholar. Professor Issawi has formulated principles on revolution, progress, social science, politics, economics, and Americana, Et Cetera in an erudite and humorous way. He is a keen observer of social and historical problems, and his definitions are evocative, to say the least. The more serious reader may find his irony, humor, and tongue-in-cheek satire compelling.


About the Author:

    The late Charles Issawi was Bayard Dodge Professor, Emeritus, Princeton University and formerly Ragnar Nurkse Professor of Economics at Columbia University. He served at the United Nations Secretariat, and at the Ministry of finance and the Central Bank of Egypt, and wrote over a dozen books on Middle East economics, politics, and history.


About the Illustrator:

    David Pascal is the author and illustrator of the award-winning children's book The Silly Knight, and of Perspectives, and is editor of Comics: The Art of the Comic Strip.



I have found [the book] altogether delightful as a form of humor, but also 100 percent true as a statement of current social problems. Professor Issawi displays deep perception of historical situations and developments.

Mario Pei


Mr. Issawi discovered the Law of Petroleum in 1951: "Where there are Muslims there is oil; the converse is not true." Since then he has gone on to formulate a number of other principles. They are worth reading and are especially to be recommended to all who are liberal minded.

C. Northcote Parkinson


Publication date: 1973; revised and enlarged edition, 1991

Size: 5 ¼ x 8 ¼ (13.3 x 20.9 cm); vii, 256 pages

CIP L.C. 90-49316

ISBN 978-0-87850-073-4 (paperback)  $19.95  Buy it at Amazon.com!