A friend whose judgement I trusted recommended the Swerve when I asked her what I should get for my Kindle. I don't think it would have ocurred to me to get it otherwise as it sounded rather too challenging and recondite for me. At first my initial fears seemed justified - the introductory is too long and repetitive Once you get into the story of the book hunter you begin to understand what a totally different world Europe before the Rennaissance was. I knew thatin a general way,m of course, but I hadn't realized what it meant in terms of mindset. Probably the significance of the discovery of Lucretius's "De rerum..." is overplayed but Stephen Greenblatt does show how it encapsulates the change of mindset he thinks a harbinger of the modern world.