Top critical review
Interesting material, minimalist format
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on January 1, 2018
This book is interesting primarily as a period piece, and as an insight into Einstein the man. It gives the reader a better understanding of how Einstein saw himself - as a scientist, as a citizen, and as a celebrity - what his thoughts on religion, society, and warfare were, how he saw Europe and America and the differences between them at the time in which he lived. At times he seems broadminded and expansive, at times narrow and naive. His condemnation of the "dull herd" and his dismissal of women seem outdated and unnuanced to the extreme.
The book itself is clunkily put together, with no real chapter divisions and no introductions or context given for individual excerpts, only short titles that give some idea of where they come from. This makes for tough reading (and makes one appreciate the often invisible efforts of a good editor!), and gives the book a certain undigested feel. Frequent and sometimes bizarre typos add to this feel.