In schools we are taught to meet problems head-on: what Edward de Bono calls �vertical thinking�. This works well in simple situations � but we are at a loss when this approach fails. Lateral thinking is all about freeing up your imagination. Through a series of special techniques, in groups or working alone, Edward de Bono shows us how to look at problems from a variety of angles and in so doing offer up solutions that are as ingenious as they are effective. After reading this book you will become a much more productive and formidable thinker.