"This selection underscores the writer’s profound erudition, lively wit, and passion for ideas of all shapes and sizes...these occasional writings touch upon potentially provocative topics of contemporary interest...Eco’s pleasure in such explorations is obvious and contagious."
"Thought provoking...nuanced...the collection amply shows off Eco's sophisticated, agile mind."
"Inventing the Enemy is definitely sublime"--San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
It is harder than ever to write objectively about an author that you are blinded by. The source of this ocular diminution is an emotion at best, a revered thought at worst. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Fred Houpt
A series of too-esoteric opinions. I have read most of his books, but this one put me to sleepPublished 6 months ago by John S. Marr MD
Some of his insights are remarkable. I do think he sometimes stretches his points in these essays.Published 9 months ago by Glenn J Kuhnel
Eco of course is brilliant in all things and here in these essays no less. Please contemplate these various writings but especially the titular essay on how we invent our enemies... Read morePublished 14 months ago by C. Scanlon
Difficult to review because it covers such a wide range of subjects, this compendium of "occasional writings," essays and lectures is nonetheless interesting and - as usual with... Read morePublished on June 24, 2013 by The Outsider
As allways, Umberto Eco shows deep knowlegde of history and filology to write a good collection of essays based on a series of lectures. Read morePublished on April 19, 2013 by Henrique Cabrita (Brazil)
A mixed range of short essays, the strongest of which is the title one 'Inventing the Enemy', and for my geographical interest 'Imaginary Astronomies' in which historical... Read morePublished on March 20, 2013 by Miguel
Generally, the plot for these essays is the exposition. It is often a stigmergic trail from concept to position with so many details serving as markers. Read morePublished on March 10, 2013 by Geoffery Gunter