This long book is a real mixed bag. Schwartz gave himself a tough assignment: He set out on his search for wisdom with an open mind and open heart. But for his learning to be of value to others, he also had to bring a bit of skepticism to bear. While he attempts this balance, he ultimately is far more successful at the former than the latter. He offers some fascinating descriptions and histories of various individuals and places he visited in his search. And you have to give him credit for NOT over-intellectualizing his heartfelt experiences, and his honesty with the reader. But, with too rare exception, he treats his contacts with kid gloves. I kept wanting him to say, "this particular experience was silly," or "that guy was a nut." Instead, most of what he encountered was somewhere between "promising" and "transcendent," with most of the latter involving a lot of hugging and crying. Still, as a survey of some unique American thinkers, if not a critique, it's worth a read.