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-Isms & -Ologies

Posted by Jan Gardner  October 5, 2007 10:10 AM

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Michael Lewis has written a delightfully honest introduction to a quirky new book, "-Isms & -Ologies: All the Movements, Ideologies and Doctrines That Have Shaped Our World.'' He admits he'd never heard of the author, Arthur Goldwag, when the book was sent to him by a publisher (Vintage) to whom he owed nothing.

Lewis writes, "This strange encyclopedia turned out to be more than a reference book, however. For it did not merely answer my questions, it answered questions I had never thought to ask, but wished I had.''

Owenism, Donatism, Occam's Razor -- it's all here. The alphabetical entries are arranged into seven chapters including science, religion, economics, and sexual perversions. Not too many reference books are as fun to browse. That said, I'm heading for the hills with a big bag of books and will resurface by the middle of the month with a book(s) report.

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