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I picked up this book thinking it might be an interesting read - and was delighted to find it was more than that.
Steven Johnson has written an engaging book about Joseph Priestley, a true Renaissance Man who contributed mightily to the Age of Enlightenment in the 18th Century.
It is a tad misleading to state that his contemporaries had one opinion without proceeding to remark that their successors do not share that opinion.
I will be brief in my review on this book as many of the others who have reviewed it have shared my thoughts as well. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Cornell
The preface explains the goal is to explain the key role of Priestly in the formation of America. In the fourteen year correspondence of Adams and Jefferson, Washington is... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Clay Garner
A true classic of science-writing. Simultaneously entertaining and informative.Published 4 months ago by Scott
Our book club read this at my suggestion and loved it. It's a story very few people know about a protege of Ben Franklin who actually did discover air (oxygen). Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sandra Morgan
Even high school science students will recall stories of Joseph Priestley and oxygen and Benjamin Franklin and kite flying but I doubt most readers know what renaissance men the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by rdr80
This was really very interesting - who knew Priestley not only discovered Oxygen but also was friends with both Franklin and Jefferson. Read morePublished 12 months ago by John Gloor
This was a quick read; it was entertaining and informative. I liked GHOST MAP better, but this was certainly worth reading.Published 14 months ago by KF
Well written and easy to read. Steven Johnson takes the reader on an exciting adventure of discovery. This book should be a part of every high-school curriculum.Published 14 months ago by Enrique Caliz