on 11 February 2014
Along with other "in moments/in minutes" titles, this is a great little read. What I found it most useful for was filling in gaps in time when you can't really spin up to speed in a novel - those 3-4 minute wait for Tube trains etc. The "essays" in this tome are a couple of hundred words each and every one teaches something.
If there's a fault, it's with the Table of Contents. It exists, but only links to the broad subject headings (Philosophy, Religion, Science, Politics etc) and isn't explicitly referenced as a link in any Kindle application (You have to go to "Front Cover" and click forward a few pages.) That's why this Kindle edition got a 4 rather than a 5.
This is an accessible, intellectually stimulating and concise introduction to ideas.
The 200 key concepts cover philosophy, religion, science, politics, economics & the Arts with 100 illustrations.
Anyone interested in the history of human thought should be enlightened by Ian Crofton's compact and endlessly browsable book.