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Meet the Author: Laurence J. Peter

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Laurence J. Peter was born in Canada and received an EdD from Washington State University. An experienced teacher, counselor, school psychologist, prison instructor, consultant, and university professor, he wrote articles for many journals and magazines as well as several books. He died in 1990.

Books by Laurence J. Peter

The Peter Principle

Why Things Always Go Wrong

Book cover image: The Peter Principle: Why Things Always Go Wrong

The Peter Principle has cosmic implications.” —New York Times Back in 1969, Lawrence J. Peter created a cultural phenomenon with his brilliant, outrageous, hilarious, and all-too-true treatise on business and life, The Peter Principle—and his words and theories are as true today as they were then. By posing—and answering—the eternal question, “Why do things always go wrong?” Peter explores the incompetence that runs so…  More »