What?: Are These Really the Twenty Most Important Questions in Human History?Hardback
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- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Format: Hardback | 96 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 202mm x 12mm | 200g
- Publication date: 6 June 2011
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1408815753
- ISBN 13: 9781408815755
- Sales rank: 260,024
What 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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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.
'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)