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The Swerve: How the World Became Modern
The Swerve How the World Became Modern
Author: Stephen Greenblatt
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, ca...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780393064476
ISBN-10: 0393064476
Publication Date: 9/26/2011
Pages: 320
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Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
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This is one of the best books that I have read in a long time. I thought from the title and commentary that it was something like a Malcolm Gladwell book, but Greenblatt is very careful not to give any more biographical history than is on the record (his main character from the Renaissance, Poggio, "may have" done many things, and keeps to the limited texts (as befitting a Shakespearian scholar). "Swerve" refers to the way atoms move in the Lucretian/Epicurian cosmogony, although Greenblatt uses it also as a fulcrum of history and historical thought.
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