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Great points, difficult book
Reviewed in the United States on October 18, 2014
Great points, difficult book. I agree with most of the points. I'm a conservative who believes the country is in real trouble because of the 'utopian' attitude and the 'let the government take care of me trend.' The problem is this book is SO slow and difficult to read. I like the general idea of introducing all these past philosophers and their ideas and discussing how these things relate to America, how it all plays out in history, etc. but, Levin fills WAY too much of the book with direct quotes, some quite lengthy, from original works that are very difficult to follow. I'm an intelligent, well-educated person, but I am not used to reading these styles/types of writings, and the archaic language can be hard to follow. It's sort of like reading the Bible or a foreign document. I gave up trying to read this at bedtime, which is my usual 'big' reading time, because it kept putting me to sleep. I had to read only when I could find time to have coffee and really focus intently on the text. It's too bad he didn't make this more accessible to everyone--the points are valid and very important, but lost in the book.