The Swerve: How the World Became Modern Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern is a great book. Our editors rated it with a top 5 stars.
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I thoroughly enjoyed The Swerve. It is enlightening, educational and entertaining and is an easy read. I have already recommended it to friend and family and will so continue.
An enlightening and entertaining read
By One Suitcase
The winner of the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction in 2012, and the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 2011. An enlightening and entertaining read.
By Ashraf Sami
Overall I enjoyed the book it was a good read. The author was eloquent in his style and the book flowed well. The subject itself was intriguing and from the beginning it set high expectation to what was to come. I was somewhat disappointed how the story unravelled. There was no climax as such and the story slowly started to lose steam at the very end. I was also surprised that there was no reference to the Islamic scholars of the period. There was a brief mention of ibn Rushd but it didn't serve these scholars there right. For the Islamic scholars of this age were instrumental in preserving the rich culture of the pre dark age west.
By Salem Hill
So good I read it twice. And will come back to it again and again. Spielberg, Ron Howard or Ridley Scott should make it into a film.
Exquisite and Extraordinary.
By Jeff Rudell
A painstakingly thorough investigation (that reads like a spellbinding mystery) into one of the most beautiful and influential works of ancient literature. I suggest the Gideon's begin placing a cope in every hotel room in place of the Bible.
Lucretius ideas are compelling. iTunes must find a way to allow us to read these books on our macs!
By No Target
Lucretius ideas are a compelling strain of classical thought. I kind of wish I had purchased the kindle version, I can view it on all devices… a Bordeaux inspired purchase.
Time to learn French
I bought this book in the hopes of listening to it with the voice function turned on. For some reason the voice speaks in French, all of the titles and navigation are in the usual English but the text on each page is spoken in a strong French accent. I like to listen to books while I work because I have so little time, now instead of enjoying the book this week I will read little bits here and there for a month or two when I get a minute. I don't feel like I got what I was promised. Please do something about this.
Imagining how the world could have been if only Lucretius wasn't lost and, instead of reviled, followed as the visionary he clearly was, is tantalizing and inspirational.
I read it cherishing each word and part of the story. When I got to the end I went right back to the first page and read it all again. Any person who has any interest in anything should know this story.
By Doc Mattson
I generally enjoyed it, but a little dry and too many small facts to make it a must read. I am going to try and read " On the Nature of Things" next.