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The Systems Bible
Elegant Parenting
Dancing With Elves
First Queen
Hit by a Low Flying Goose
Almighty Father
The Book of Beasts
A Taste of Verse

The Underground Text of Systems Lore

How Systems Really Work
How They Fail

John Gall

The Indispensable Handbook of Systems-behavior, written specifically for all of us who must daily cope with the Pitfalls, Foibles, and Failures of the Systems that make up our Modern World.

— William Safire

Note: The third edition of SYSTEMANTICS is now available and has been re-titled. Please visit

page for information and ordering.

GENERAL SYSTEMANTICS PRESS is proud to announce the revised and much enlarged Second Edition of SYSTEMANTICS, THE UNDERGROUND TEXT OF SYSTEMS LORE. Six years in preparation, this Second Edition is more than twice as large as the first, with 24 completely new chapters for a total of 36 chapters covering the entire field from the PRIMAL SCENARIO to the FAIL-SAFE THEOREM and including the celebrated definition of GARBAGE that is fundamental to any real understanding of SYSTEMANTICS.

The FIRST EDITION of SYSTEMANTICS was "highly recommended" by the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Science Books and Films and has since been translated into Spanish, German, Hebrew, and Japanese.

The SECOND EDITION has been favorably reviewed in the Whole Earth Catalogue (1986) by Kevin Kelly: "The author is having fun with a serious subject . . . insights come in the form of marvelously succinct rules of thumb, in the spirit of Murphy's Law and the Peter Principle." And Computer Book Review (April, 1987) remarks, "From 'Function-and-Failure' to 'Management and Other Myths', here's a collection of witty observations… grown into mature rules of thumb."

Systemantics. 2d ed. 319 pages. 1986.
ISBN 0-9618251-0-3 (Softcover)

This title has been superceded by The Systems Bible being The Third Edition of SYSTEMANTICS

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