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Perhaps my expectations were too high, for in the end, I was disappointed with the book.
Joshua Kendall offers a glimpse of a man who was a medical doctor by profession but made his lasting name through his "avocation"... a word not known in Roget's day.
At times the book feels as if it were written by the Peter Roget it describes: emotionally absent the author simply narrates events in Roget's life.
An idiosyncratic biography of Peter Mark Roget, the creator of the thesaurus that has, in various editions, never been far from my typewriter, later my computer. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Abigail Padgett
initially borrowed book from library. the read was so engrossing that i determined to have the book at home permanently, so that i could reread it repeatedly. Read morePublished 24 months ago by John K. , Tas.
Roget was involved with much more than his Thesaurus. His work in electromagnetics is almost absent from this biography.Published on February 7, 2011 by Michael Gasperi
I didn't think the story of Peter Mark Roget war quite interesting enough to warrant such a lengthy biography. Read morePublished on January 28, 2011 by Julie Merilatt
Roget was a part of the restless energy and inventiveness that characterised the late 18th and early 19th centuries in Great Britain - the early Industrial Revolution. Read morePublished on November 9, 2010 by Robert Muirhead
I had high hopes for this book, whose audiobook version I am struggling through for the second time. Read morePublished on August 31, 2010 by Graybeard
I enjoyed this book, it felt like a historical romp with fascinating people. I picked up the book because I was intrigued with the underlying story about how a doctor with an... Read morePublished on September 19, 2009 by Paul D. Tindall
"It will charm the word nerd in all of us." So says A.J. Jacobs in his quote that graces the front cover of this biography of Peter Mark Roget, the man who made the Thesaurus. Read morePublished on August 1, 2009 by Richard Nelson
As a lover of biographies, I was eager to pick up Joshua Kendall's "The Man Who Made Lists: Love Death, Madness, and the Creation of Roget's Thesaurus. Read morePublished on July 26, 2009 by Michael C. Tighe