Don Watson

Watson's Worst Words: A Compendium of Management Gibberish

Watson’s Worst Words: A Compendium of Management Gibberish

Don Watson

Dr Don Watson - with his trademark wit and wisdom - says enough already! The English language is complex and evolving, and can win minds, hearts and nations. Why don't we try using it?Depending where you are on the...

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The Bush: Travels in the Heart of Australia

The Bush: Travels in the Heart of Australia

Don Watson

The bush: few terms are as powerful, and few as hard to define. Far from a conventional history of it, this is an idiosyncratic, highly original and insightful journey through Australian landscape, history and culture.

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Bendable Learnings: The Wisdom of Modern Management

Bendable Learnings: The Wisdom of Modern Management

Don Watson

The language of modern management has triumphed, transforming clear, everyday communication into meaningless sludge. To sound professional, you must express everything in abstract nouns, and each noun in terms of another one. From...

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 Read reviewAmerican Journeys

American Journeys

Don Watson

In May 2005, on a sudden impulse, Don Watson took a train called The Southwest Chief from Chicago to Los Angeles: like a woodworm, he thought, drilling a tiny groove into the bark of the republic. Long before it reached LA, Watson...

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Recollections of a Bleeding Heart: A Portrait of Paul Keating, PM

Recollections of a Bleeding Heart: A Portrait of Paul Keating, PM

Don Watson

The long awaited authorised biography of Paul Keating's four years as Australia's Prime Minister. Written by his speech writer, this book is based on notes made during his term of office.

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Caledonia Australis: Scottish Highlanders on the Frontier of Australia

Caledonia Australis: Scottish Highlanders on the Frontier of Australia

Don Watson

After their military defeat in 1745, the Scottish Highlanders suffered a worse humiliation. They were displaced from their ancestral lands. This is a tale of their dispossession. It also tells the rout of another people, the...

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Watson's Dictionary of Weasel Words,Contemporary Cliches, Cant & Management Jargon

Watson’s Dictionary of Weasel Words,Contemporary Cliches, Cant & Management Jargon

Don Watson

The prime minister speaks of core and non-core election promises, your boss asks you to commit to an involuntary career event (you're fired), and hospitals refer to negative patient outcomes (you're dead). How to fight back? This...

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Death Sentence: The Decay of Public Language

Death Sentence: The Decay of Public Language

Don Watson

Part diatribe, part cool reflection on the state of Australia's public language, Don Watson's Death Sentence is scathing, funny and brilliant.

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