The Underground Text of Systems Lore
How They Fail
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.
BOOKS GALL, BUT GALL'S BOOK WORKS."
— William Safire
The third edition of SYSTEMANTICS™
is now available and has been re-titled. Please visit
The SYSTEMS BIBLE™
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
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)
title has been superceded by The Systems
Bible being The
Third Edition of SYSTEMANTICS™