Top positive review
A good book to help frame discussion questions and approach current events
Reviewed in the United States on August 11, 2014
I am using this book in my eighth grade social studies class, although I think I will not assign the chapters on alien intelligence or art. [Not because they are not interesting, but because it is too far a stretch for them to work into the class questions.] I think this version of the book will be challenging and accessible for my 13-14 year-old students, and I am hopeful it will supplement healthy class discussions. I can follow up after I have used it a few months....
I am not sure most kids would pick up this book on their own [and arguably those who would might be able to handle the adult version], but I am so thankful to have salient thought and good non-fiction writing available to all my middle school students.
A good book for the tween/teen who is ready to think deeply about big issues, while not ready for adult social science verbosity quite yet.