The very long prelude is persuasive that there's not much known for sure about Shakespeare... and then goes into absurdly tiny detail about the supposed life he led.
I couldn't force myself to continue... but based on my prior enjoyment of Bryson's OTHER work, I would still try another of his books without concern.
Very thoughtful book, with very compelling ideas presented in calm but strong crystalline prose.
I wish others wrote as clearly or tackled hard ideas so well.
This is a most utilitarian response to the sometime-mean-spririted atheism of other essays. The gist is that we need to foster and embrace a scientific approach to morality and values.
I lived through this era (young, but present & alert) and didn't know lots of what the Pentagon Papers were about, and what their attempted suppression led to. Very impressive narrative of an individual's self-endangerment for an intentional & noble purpose.
Free book, so interesting to experiment with
When you have a lifetime appointment to one of the most powerful offices in the country, it's easy to feel, well, pretty darn cock-sure (especially when your point-of-view is in the majority).
Despite that, his speech was much less from a bully than the quotes we find in the media (re: Bush v Gore: “Get over it
Sure, esp for free!
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