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When in Doubt, Mumble: A Bureaucrat's Handbook

James H. Boren

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ISBN 10: 0442209266 / ISBN 13: 9780442209261
Published by Van Nostrand Reinhold Co, New York, 1972
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Signed by author. Full-page inscription on red front right endpaper, ending with "Mumble with confidence and honor!" then signed and dated 6/10/74. PAges crisp, seemingly never read. Gilt lettering on spine, top of spine very lightly bumped. DJ unclipped, slightly yellowed but no tears or stains. Bookseller Inventory # 000927

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Title: When in Doubt, Mumble: A Bureaucrat's ...

Publisher: Van Nostrand Reinhold Co, New York

Publication Date: 1972

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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The late James H. Boren, a mostly forgotten humorist, bureaucrat, and erstwhile philosopher (as well as the brother of former Oklahoma Senator David Boren) is credited with discovering the powerful doctrine of "dynamic inaction." Boren was already semi-famous inside the Beltway for his profound little volume, When in Doubt, Mumble, A Bureaucrat's Handbook. He defines Dynamic Inaction with one pithy aphorism: "When in doubt, mumble; when in trouble, delegate; when in charge, ponder." Nowadays we call it gridlock. And despite all the jeremiads coming from the talking heads and pundits in the commentariat lamenting political dysfunction and the imminent collapse of civilization, Dynamic Inaction might just be our salvation.

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