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    What?: Are These Really the Twenty Most Important Questions in Human History? (Hardback) By (author) Mark Kurlansky

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    DescriptionWhat is What? Could it be that noted author Mark Kurlansky has written a very short, terrifically witty, deeply thought-provoking book entirely in the form of questions? A book that draws on philosophy, religion, literature, policy - indeed, all of civilization - to ask what may well be the twenty most important questions in human history? Or has he given us a really smart, impossibly amusing game of twenty questions? Kurlansky considers the work of Confucius, Plato, Shakespeare, Descartes, Nietzsche, Freud, Hemingway, Emily Dickinson, the Talmud, Charles de Gaulle, Virginia Woolf, and others, distilling the deep questions of life to their sparkling essence. "What?" supplies endless fodder for thoughtful conversation but also endless opportunity to ponder and be challenged by - and entertained by - these questions in refreshingly original ways. As Kurlansky says, In a world that seems devoid of absolute certainties, how can we make declarative statements? Without asking the questions, how will we ever get to the answers?


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    Title
    What?
    Subtitle
    Are These Really the Twenty Most Important Questions in Human History?
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Mark Kurlansky
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 96
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 14 mm
    Weight: 196 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781408815755
    ISBN 10: 1408815753
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: PHI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.6
    BISAC V2.8: PHI000000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 100
    BIC subject category V2: HPX
    Thema V1.0: QDX
    Publisher
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Imprint name
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Publication date
    06 June 2011
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Mark Kurlansky is the New York Times bestselling author of Cod, Salt, The Basque History of the World, 1968, The Big Oyster, and The Eastern Stars, among many other books.
    Review quote
    'This is an extraordinary little book, unputdownable, written in the most lyrical, flowing style which paints vivid pictures and, at the same time, punches into place hard facts that stop you dead in your tracks. Who would ever think that a book on cod would make a compulsive read? And yet this is precisely what Kurlansky has done.' Sir Roy Strong, Express on Sunday (on Cod) 'History, reportage, travel writing, wisdom and recipes - entertaining and enlightening.' Sunday Times (on Salt)