This book was a rewarding jump back in time. A collection of twenty essays, ten of which had been previously published in the 1890s as Ten Types, republished in this edition with a few more essays written by Chesterton while he was an opinion columnist at London's Daily News� in 1903. They all focus on famous individuals as critiques of one sort or another - either discussing their works and legacy in the case of creative set, or their contribution to the evolution of humanity for those known fo...more
"We look at the rise of Christianity, and conceive it as a rise of self-abnegation and almost of pessimism. It does not occur to us that the mere assertion that this raging and counfounding universe is governed by justice and mercy is a piece of staggering optimism fit to set all men capering."