An excellent introduction to the writings of Bertrand Russell in a selection of his writings on various matters such as linguistics, politics, history, education, science, religion, ethics, logic and mathematics. The Routledge paperback edition is sturdy, with clear smart font and white paper.
A big book in more ways than one. What distinguishes Russell is his ability to put great wisdom into very clear writing that is fairly easy to understand. His style is unpretentious and goes right to the heart of the matter, combining a powerful intellect and a mastery of the English language. He comes across as a humanist and liberal in favour of the ordinary man and woman and against religious dogma and the authoritarian state. And aside from some academic philosophical subjects he deals with practical issues that are highly relevant to the times we live in today. Every time I take this off the bookshelf it inspires and impresses me.
This is a typical modern example of a badly bound book. When you try to open it to read it, you have to bend it right back putting ugly big creases in the spine and instantly you have a very shoddy looking second hand book which you are ashamed to own and feel like just throwing in the bin. It is Routledge that ought to be ashamed of themselves for producing books like this and other publishers who produce hardbacks and paperbacks that fall apart when you use them. All in the interests of saving money no doubt. Yes there are publishers who still manage to produce quality books which you can be proud to own. Routledge is quite evidently, judging by this book, not one of them.
A large tome by any standards, but what treasures lie within!! I first became interested in Bertrand Russell after hearing his name in a Peter Cook and Dudley Moore sketch. This book is logically laid out ( no pun intended) and can be read from cover to cover or dipped into, to reveal a fascinating mind. Russell's writing is clear, not condescending and always interesting. This collection of some of his writings is a marvellous introduction, I cannot recommend it highly enough. They really don't make them like him any more!!