50 Big Ideas You Really Need to Know (50 Ideas You Really Need to Know )
It is rare that I can find almost nothing to recommend a particular book, but this one is one of those few. The ideas presented may be essential knowledge, but the way they are presented is quite skewed. In the introduction, the author praises communism as a particularly successful societal plan. Perhaps I am naive, but I don't consider it a success by any definition of the word. Skipping to a few other topics reveals a perspective best characterized as supportive of the no ...more
If you're already familiar with this series of books, you'll know what to expect: 4 pages allotted to each idea (just enough to ...more
50 Big Ideas You Really Need to Know' is a concise, accessible and popular guide to the central tenets of Western thought. Every important principle of philosophy, religion, politics, economics, the arts and the sciences is profiled in a series of short illustrated essays, complemented by an informative array of timelines and box features.