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  • A classic

    Simon Kuper, Financial Times
  • Brilliant.

    James O'Brien, author of How to be Right
  • A masterly book

    Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • This is a very funny book, but Carlo Cipolla's underlying insight really matters: there's a lot of stupidity about, including in society's highest circles – and the stupid wield a surprising amount of power, because the rest of us can never guess what idiotic thing they'll do next. We need to get wise to stupidity, and Cipolla's drily witty rules are a great place to start.

    Oliver Burkeman
  • Cipolla’s subtle tongue-in-cheek humour made this book an underground classic in Italy. Today, under current worldwide political trends, it reads more like black humour. Keep in mind: reliable statistical data shows that 98% of the people seriously believe that they are far less stupid than the average.

    Carlo Rovelli, author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

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