Monday, December 29, 2008

This Week's Acquisitions

Before I get caught up on reviews, last week's arrivals: an order from Colophon, a review copy or two, and some presents.

- Stephen Daye and His Successors: The Establishment of a Printing Plant in what was formerly British North America and the development of the Art of Printing at the University Press of Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1639-1921 (Harvard University Press, 1921). Colophon.

For Congress and the Nation: A Chronological History of the Library of Congress by John Young Cole (LC, 1978). Colophon.

This Solemn Mockery: The Art of Literary Forgery by John Whitehead (Arlington Books, 1973). Colophon.

A Field Guide to the Birds of Bermuda by André Raine (Macmillan Caribbean, 2003). Gift.

The Best of All Possible Worlds: A Story of Philosophers, God, and Evil by Steven Nadler (FSG, 2008). FSG.

A Great Idea at the Time: The Rise, Fall, and Curious Afterlife of the Great Books by Alex Beam (PublicAffairs, 2008). Gift.

1 comment:

Max Weismann said...

Argumentum ad Hominem

The subtitle should have read, Every Negative Fact and Innuendo I Could Dredge Up

Although he was not particularly unkind to me in the book, I found virtually every page to be a smart-alecky and snide diatribe of the worst order against the Great Books, Adler, Hutchins, et al. Plus the book is replete with errors of commission and omission.

As an effective antidote, I prescribe Robert Hutchins' pithy essay, The Great Conversation.

If the Great Books crusade is as bleak as Beam purports, then happily, not many will read his invective book.

Max Weismann,
President and co-founder with Mortimer Adler, Center for the Study of The Great Ideas
Chairman, The Great Books Academy