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  • The Swerve: How the World Became Modern (W. W. Norton & Company) – Trade paperback (2012)
    by Professor Stephen J Greenblatt

    The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

    Trade paperback, W. W. Norton & Company
    2012
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    368 pages

    ISBN: 0393343405
    ISBN-13: 9780393343403

    One of the world's most celebrated scholars, Stephen Greenblatt has crafted both an innovative work of history and a thrilling story of discovery, in which one manuscript, plucked from a thousand years of neglect, changed the course of human thought and made possible the world as we know it. Nearly six hundred years ago, a short, genial, cannily alert man in his late thirties took a very old manuscript off a library shelf, saw with excitement what he had discovered, and ordered that it be copied. That book was the last ... Show more

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Reviews of The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

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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