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Tolerance by Hendrik Willem Van Loon
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Usually I love Van Loon, especially his Van Loon's Lives, but I found this book sloppy and biased. One error I recall is that he made the Emperor Justinian who one who could not sign his name without a stencil, instead of his uncle Justin. Van Loon plays to the old myth that bigots are ignorant, whereas in fact bigots (being people who care fiercely about ideas) are often highly intellectual. ( )
  antiquary | Aug 19, 2010 |
I really liked the way this was done. Discussions of this type that explore the progress of thought can be as boring as watching a stone grow. This one was presented in a nice, light way. If tolerance can only exist through enlightenment, then best we all get enlightened but quick.
I first read this as the George G. Harrap and Company Ltd version titled "The Liberation of Mankind". ( )
  gmillar | Apr 26, 2007 |
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