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Monday, August 24, 2015

It's Monday, What are You Reading? The Great Agnostic

It's Monday, What are You Reading? 
The  Great Agnostic:
Robert Ingersoll and American Forethought 
by Susan Jacoby

This post is the ninety-sixth entry for this meme suggested by Sheila@ One Persons Journey Through A World of Books. [Entries 22-25 in the series were posted at  the Dr. Bill Tells Ancestor Stories]

I’ve wanted to read a book about Ingersoll for a long time. This one recently came to my attention via Bill Moyers blog post. Very useful reading, for sure.

Book Description from Amazon:

A biography that restores America’s foremost nineteenth-century champion of reason and secularism to our still contested twenty-first-century public square

Amazon Editorial Reviews:

"'Jacoby's goal of elucidating the life and work of Robert Ingersoll is admirably accomplished. She offers a host of well-chosen quotations from his work, and she deftly displays the effect he had on others. For instance: after a young Eugene V. Debs heard Ingersoll talk, Debs accompanied him to the train station and then - just so he could continue the conversation - bought himself a ticket and rode all the way from Terre Haute to Cincinnati. Readers today may well find Ingersoll's company equally entrancing.' (Jennifer Michael Hecht, The New York Times Book Review)
'Jacoby writes with wit and vigor, affectionately resurrecting a man whose life and work are due for reconsideration.' (Kate Tuttle, The Boston Globe)"

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Happy Reading!

Dr. Bill  ;-)