Pretty good book detailing some of the lives involved with the development of the OED. There's Prof. Murray, one of the heads of the OED. There's also Dr. Minor, an American who helped gather information from his rooms where he was kept in a nearby asylum for the criminally insane. The situation surrounding these men is interesting, but the development and examination of their circumstances feels a little forced, especially around the part a reader might really look forward to, their first meeting. But over all the book is a good Simon Winchester history, enjoyable and well detailed. I would steer kids away from this because of the sexual nature of Dr. Minor's illness and its manifestations. But a good book.
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This is the third book by Simon Winchester I have read so far and actually I believe my favorite. I found the subject matter very entertaining and was surprised by the amount of material that made up the overall story of an item so taken for granted in the present day. I liked the book on the Yangtze and was not very impressed by the book about William Smith but I thought this was a great read.