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.
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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