This is a book of great substance for the uninitiated.
The problem, writes Blom in words that make reading about the forgotten radicals timely today, is that "Utopias are dangerous precisely because they embody ideals."
Throughout this wide-ranging and well-researched book, the author does a superb job of distilling the important ideas of the figures' beliefs and philosophies.
This is a book about French Enlightenment thinkers in the circle of Holbach and Diderot. The Introduction makes it clear that Blom is on the side of these clear-headed atheists... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ralph Blumenau
Outstanding! This is an extremely well written, engaging and fascinating education on the true radicals of the enlightenment period. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Richard Emery
Wish more of the religious fanatics can take in the tenets of this knowledge base.Published 8 months ago by Jimin Ma
Phillip Blom presents an examination of the major players and contributors of the examination of the beginnings of more enlightened thinking in Paris at that time. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Virginia La Brie
Although there are many repetitions, I found the topic and its exposition exhilarating.. A fascinating hinge of European intellectual history with ramifications that still... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Sylvie Hirschl
Well written, extremely informative, with great relevance for today's discussions about these themes, very much recommended to lay readers and academics across the board.Published 19 months ago by F. Spier
This book brings the real European Enlightenment--the one which encompassed Jefferson, Franklin and the Founding Fathers, not some bogus "christianity" which they did not... Read morePublished on March 29, 2013 by Louis Stanfield
The poor editing really disturbs the narrative flow. The book is edious. And if Blom wants to convince me that his protagonists are clever, he would do well not to chortle so much... Read morePublished on December 26, 2012 by CRS