I kept going back to the title of this book to see if I had misread it . . . I was expecting a commentary on (or interpretation of) the Book of Revelation. But this isn't that. It is, instead, history, context, and a (very) partial reception history of Revelation. Once I acclimated to that idea, I was able to find this reasonably interesting.
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Monday, July 23, 2012
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this--it was a very engaging story.
(I should probably feel guilty for giving a thumbs up to a book with a moral outlook that does not mesh with my own, but I do not. While I avoid excessive vulgarity, violence, etc., in books, I don't necessarily feel that the moral-of-the-story needs to mirror my personal morality for me to enjoy reading the book.)
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
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.
Monday, July 16, 2012
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Monday, July 09, 2012
Saturday, July 07, 2012
Thursday, July 05, 2012
Wednesday, July 04, 2012
Monday, July 02, 2012
I have a real soft spot for "alternative bias" histories. Which isn't to say that I believe every word of them; I just find it so refreshing to see the usual story reframed. Every student of American history should read this book. Highly recommended.
Posted by Julie M. Smith at Monday, July 02, 2012
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