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Reflections by Steve Allen


by Steve Allen

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I enjoy listening to Steve Allen's music and had watched him as a genial host on TV many years ago, so I wanted to find out more about him. This includes his observations on a wide range of topics including philosophy, politics, and religion. He was a critical thinker who had something honest and intelligent and interesting to say about almost anything. He felt intelligence and acuity of critical analysis was on the decline when he wrote this, and his views have turned out to be prescient. ( )
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"Steve Allen does so many things, he's the only man I know who's listed on every one of the Yellow Pages". That's how protege Andy Williams once described Steve Allen. Noel Coward called him "the most talented man in America." Apt descriptions, indeed, for Allen is not only a comedian, but a prolific writer, composer, pianist, actor, and a serious thinker as well. Those who are familiar with Steve Allen only in his capacity as a comedian may find it surprising that he has produced a collection of thought-provoking observations on a variety of serious topics in his new book, "Reflections". But anyone familiar with his two-volume study of the "Scriptures" - Steve Allen on the Bible, Religion, and Morality - or his incisive critique of America's declining intellectual standards - "Dumbth: And 81 Ways to Make Americans Smarter" - will realise that Allen's serious side is at least as creative and interesting as his flights of comedic fancy.Steve Allen is, for the most part, a self-taught intellectual. Perhaps this is the reason that he is able to write in a casual but clear, non-academic style, which makes even his weightiest ideas accessible to the average reader. And as befits a professional humorist, Allen displays his considerable wit from time to time in these pages. But by and large, his comments on assorted philosophical, political, and social questions are not only serious but challenging. No matter what issue he addresses - ageing, happiness, heroes, justice, love, psychology, religion, sex, or TV - the popular humorist-and-philosopher-in-one always finds something fresh and insightful to say.

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