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The Swerve: How the World Became Modern


One of the world's most celebrated scholars, Greenblatt has crafted both an innovative work of history and a thrilling story of discovery, in which ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.250
Ileana I

In the pursuit of happiness

by Ileana I on Jul 29, 2012

Beautifully crafted scholarly research about the power of ideas that reads like a novel.   His chapter on the scriptorium reminded me of Eco's "The Name of the Rose".  Greenblatt challenges his readers to think about the meanings of "the pursuit of happiness" in our own time.

Hugh T. J

Excellent take on pre Enlightenment thinking

by Hugh T. J on Jul 19, 2012

I found this book to be highly informative about the intellectual transition that formed the basis of the Renaissance. This has to be a must read for anyone who wants to get a nuanced understanding of this turbulent period and even has relevance in today's highly charged political discourses.

Albert A

Overly Ambitious

by Albert A on Jul 19, 2012

A colorful, albeit biased, glimpse into 14th and 15th Century Italy. Mr.Greenblatt's central thesis is that the Renaissance was inspired by the rediscovery of the Lucretius poem, " On the Nature of Things." In my view, Mr. Greenblatt is never able to prove anything like causality. The book does provide a very personal view of many of the central,and minor, characters of the Renaissance.

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