Thursday, September 8, 2011

Annotated Table of Contents: Miscellaneous 02

Horse Racing. Seabiscuit. Laura Hillenbrand. You will have a hard time putting this book down. My first impression is that the people who know horses treat them as individuals. Treating horses as individuals was important to the success of Seabiscuit, who would have resisted working for anyone who did not recognize his personal traits, his toughness, his heart, his rebelliousness, his determination and the absolute need never to use the whip.

Philosophy. The Story of Philosophy. Will Durant. A collection of philosophical ideas made manageable for a public hungry for the wisdom of philosophy. The author says in the introduction to his book that modern knowledge has become too complex for ordinary human beings and he seeks to make the ideas not only intelligible, but interesting. He succeeds in both goals. If you long for a book that makes you think, this is the book for you.

Reading. A History of Reading. Alberto Manguel. As an educator for thirty-five years, I thought I knew all there was to know about reading until I came across this book. Manguel’s ideas gave me plenty to think about. One of my favorite quotes:”Accumulating books is not knowledge. Many use books not for study but for decoration.”

Reading. How to Read a Book: The Art of Getting a Liberal Education. Mortimer J. Adler. Books must be read in three ways: to understand, to question the author and to criticize the work.

No comments:

Post a Comment