The Axemaker's Gift

The Axemaker's Gift

A Double-edged History of Human Culture

Book - 1995
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Publisher: New York : Putnam's, c1995
ISBN: 9780399140884
Branch Call Number: History 303.483 Bur
Additional Contributors: Ornstein, Robert E 1942-


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CRRL_EdwardDeButts Jul 27, 2015

The authors evaluate the impact of people whose creations have changed the world, our minds, and the values we live by. Shamans, astronomers, printers, cardinals, engineers, and quantum physicists are some of the axemakers Burke and Ornstein profile. They assess the evolution of society and the threats we face because of these achievements. Finally, they express confidence that the axemakers can help overcome these threats.

Aug 11, 2014

Very good, as usual from James Burke. The only thing that keeps it from getting 5 stars is the increasing amount of political polemic as you go through the book - clearly Ornstein's contribution. The first part, which is the actual history mentioned in the title, is excellent.


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