Sam Harris is a great writer and speaker, and this book highlights many of his best ideas. A strong and always reasonable voice in the secular community. I could have done with less of the chapter regarding torture, for although his points were valid, they felt out of context from the rest of the material. I found that Letter to a Christian Nation had a lot more bang for it's buck, and I've heard better points that he omitted here in his debates and lectures.
Can't wait for the next book.
As many others reading this book, my interest in the top was sparked by Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers, which discusses virtually the same topic, but in broader terms.
I enjoyed Geoff Colvin's approach of "this is how I was convinced by the evidence, and this is why it may convince you too", but I never found it too preachy.
Whether you agree with his premise by the end of the book or not, there are many gems to pick up along the way.
Some great ideas are fleshed in this book, but they are spread so thin I found myself skipping forward often. I feel like I 95% of what I will take away from Thomas Friedman came from his book tour interviews.
When looking for a critical review of social effects of literature, please don't base it around the assumption that religion is necessary for good. Spoiled a perfectly good concept and book title.
The premise sounded great, but something about the delivery just fell flat. I listened for about an hour, skipped ahead, and eventually gave up. Weak comedy.
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