©2001 Louis Menand; (P) 2001 Highbridge Company
"The Metaphysical Club is a compellingly vital account of how the cluster of ideas that came to be called pragmatism was forged from the searing experiences of its progenitors' lives." (Daniel Kevles, Yale University)
"The Metaphysical Club is a brilliant reanimation of American pragmatism." (Richard Poirier)
Exceeded expectations. An interesting listen that requires a second/third go round with notebook.
The reader is better than most but not spectacular.
While the performance was quite good, Menand's text is what really makes this book worth listening to.
To be honest, to get the most out of this book, the reader probably needs some knowledge of the American Civil War. It would also help to know a bit about early American philosophy and psychology. However, if the reader remains patient, Menand eventually fills in the missing details.
Overall, the Metaphysical Club is a very well written and complex history of a fascinating group of thinkers.
I really enjoyed many parts of this book. However, I was hoping the author would go a little deeper and provide a richer story. There were so many threads he could have followed but didn't.
The reader consistently mispronounces the name of one of the main historical characters. Charles Peirce is pronounced /ˈpɜrs/ like "purse"; Can't a paid reader take the time to look something like that up?
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