by Father Bélet. Saint James tells us, The tongue is a world of iniquity. (James 3:6) Without a doubt, the backbiters is the most poisonous tongue of all. Backbiting, or detraction, is an evil spreadall over the world. This book explores the nature of this vice, its various species, and the gravity of the evils it breeds. Everyone who has read this book says it is a real eye-opener! 80 pages.