Bestselling proponent of catchy ideas of history and economics

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Oswinw011

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Are humans innately good? Rutger Bregman thinks so
As the son of a Dutch Protestant cleric, Rutger Bregman was brought up in a religious tradition that regards mankind as incorrigibly prone to wickedness, yet called by the Creator to veer towards goodness, a transformation that the faith promises to abet. As a young, bestselling proponent of catchy ideas about history and economics, he has rejected parts of that outlook while retaining others.

Hi,
Does the bold phrase mean: a bestselling author and a proponent of....?
 
  • The Newt

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    Are humans innately good? Rutger Bregman thinks so
    As the son of a Dutch Protestant cleric, Rutger Bregman was brought up in a religious tradition that regards mankind as incorrigibly prone to wickedness, yet called by the Creator to veer towards goodness, a transformation that the faith promises to abet. As a young, bestselling proponent of catchy ideas about history and economics, he has rejected parts of that outlook while retaining others.

    Hi,
    Does the bold phrase mean: a bestselling author and a proponent of....?
    He is the author of bestselling books in which he proposes catchy ideas.
     

    Oswinw011

    Senior Member
    Chinese
    He is the author of bestselling books in which he proposes catchy ideas.
    I can understand best selling books/CDs/products as books/CDs/products that sells in a great numbers, but as for bestselling proponent, I take it as proponent that sells in a great numbers. That's obviously wrong, but I don't know which step is wrong. Looking forward to your help.
     

    The Newt

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    I can understand best selling books/CDs/products as books/CDs/products that sells in a great numbers, but as for bestselling proponent, I take it as proponent that sells in a great numbers. That's obviously wrong, but I don't know which step is wrong. Looking forward to your help.
    It is his books (or other media) that are bestselling. It's the same situation as saying "a bestselling cardiologist"; what's being sold are books etc. concerning cardiology.
     
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