Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Violinist's Thumb by Sam Kean

This engaging, intriguing book was completely ruined for me by one footnote.  (Think of a pin popping a balloon.)  

The text mentions the Mormonism of Kim Peek (who was the inspiration for the Dustin Hoffman character in Rain Man), and in one short footnote, Kean makes about a half dozen major factual errors about Mormonism.  (Seriously:  the error-to-word ratio was astounding.)  And, of course, this isn't really about one footnote:  When you read something so hideously inaccurate about a topic you do know something about, you are then left wondering:  How many hideous errors litter this book in the topics that I don't know as much about?

The publisher gave me a digital review copy of this book.

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