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What?: Are These the 20 Most Important Questions in Human History—Or is This a Game of 20 Questions?

 
 
Author
Mark Kurlansky.
Publisher Walker & Company  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.25 x 0.5 inches
ISBN 9780802779069
Pages/Publication Date 84/2011
Daedalus Item Code 53268
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Why is Mark Kurlansky one of our favorite nonfiction authors? Is it because he consistently finds subjects we didn't know we were interested in—like Cod, Salt, and The Basque History of the World—and makes them utterly fascinating and profound? Or is it that he can get away with writing a far-ranging inquiry into some of the world's oldest questions framed entirely in questions? Would you be surprised to find that Kurlansky here considers the questions of Confucius, Plato, Shakespeare, Descartes, Nietzsche, Freud, Hemingway, Dickinson, de Gaulle, and Woolf? Without asking such questions, ponders Kurlansky, how will we ever get to the answers?

"What at first appears to be a slight, merely quirky book—Hey, look! This guy phrases every sentence as a question!—sneaks up on us and, in the end, leaves us with a new appreciation for the power of the question mark."—Booklist

 
 
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