- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Book Tree (March 14, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1585092878
- ISBN-13: 978-1585092871
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 184 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #585,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Some of the writings are incredibly interesting and provide insight into this amazing man. Others are just plain boring and add little. The better writings are clearly towards the front of the book and elucidate his humanity and thoughts on topics from God ("I cannot conceive of a God who rewards and punishes his creatures, or has a will of the type of which we are conscious in ourselves." page 16). Knowledge (" . . . lecture-rooms are numerous and large, but the number of young people who genuinely thirst after truth and justice is small." page 16). Nationalism (" . . . the greatest obstacle to international order is that monstrously exaggerated spirit of nationalism which also goes by the fair-sounding but misused name of patriotism." page 60)
There are a distracting amount of errors. A couple examples: page 20 ". . . put on uniform and kill and be BILLED (instead of killed)" Page 107 the entire last paragraph is duplicated.
And then there's the atomic bomb. There's a huge gap between Einstein's writings regarding pacifism and the unexplained common-knowledge that it was he who whispered into FDR's ear: "We need a WMD"; somehow we just leap-frogged over WWII altogether.
But especially satisfying were the paragraphs regarding Einstein's views regarding God, Judaism and organized religion, and world socialism. Apparently much that has been attributed to him (probably by the right -- a group to which I admittedly belong) regarding the existence of God was lifted out of context and spun. To say more about that here would become near to being a spoiler alert, so I'll leave it at that. But I will say this: Einstein's views regarding God and a Supreme Being do not clash with those of Deepak Chopra's, which is probably why you'll find Einstein referenced in several of Deepak's writings.
All in all, highly recommended for those who are curious about what made Albert Einstein tick.
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