One Last Thing: A Time-Travellers’ Guide to Taoism, Martial Arts and 21st Century Thinking

Gerald GreenePaul Read

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2nd Edition: Now with Added Doctor's Travel Notes, extended Editor's comments, more illustrations, and (with 2019 paperback) QR-coded Future-proofed Glossary.

Internationally renowned journalist, Gerald Greene, postpones his imminent retirement in order to complete One Last Thing: Travel back in time to interview the greatest writers, fighters and thinkers that have defined and shaped the 21st century.

Assisted by a temperamental time-machine, a short-tempered Doctor and a dysfunctional webcam, Greene retrieves data that will shock the inhabitants of the 21st Century: confessions, previously unheard anecdotes, eye-witness accounts and fresh dialogue that casts a new light on everything we have ever known.

"Impudent, cheeky, saucy, and beautifully –wonderfully –insanely irreverent! I love this book for all the reasons I love rock-n-roll, American muscle-cars, and 1970's Shaw Brothers martial arts flicks. Reading this book, you'll be stained by its wisdom! Anthony Guilbert, author of 'Notes From The Drift'.

Fact, fiction, comedy, and drama blend together in this parody on productivity and the history of martial arts, where boundaries between people, places and times dissolve and reunite in the most unexpected of ways.


*The biggest (and wettest) copyright case in legal history: Be Like Water my Friend, featuring Lao Tzu, Bruce Lee and David Allen

* Pizza Pandemonium as Chuck Norris and popular Guru, Krishnamurti, sit down to break garlic-bread and discuss freedom, liberty and the relevance of chest hair.

*The Shaolin Temple Talks: Alan Watts lectures the Shaolin Priests on how to update their training methods

* When Rocky Balboa offers Marshall McLuhan a lift home, they discuss the evasive qualities of winning and losing.

*Bruce Lee (inseparable from his nunchaku) fidgets on the couch of a curious Carl Jung.

* Lao Tzu - the productivity guru and father of Taoism - explains the Origins of Everything and the Meaning of Nothing

* Life on the set of the Kung Fu TV series is explored as Kwai Chang Caine reveals the importance of Flutes, Floppy Hats and faked Fighting.

The History of the Martial Arts, the role of Culture and Tradition and the relationship of East to West are all blown wide open in this philosophical comedy, from the author of The Manual of Bean Curd Boxing

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