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Very fascinating book
 from Los Angeles, CA,  Dec 7, 2011

This book is enormous. It is very academic. I don't think it's possible to read this kind of book with understanding while listening to any type of music, excepting classical. I expect that this book will appeal primarily to the pale-faced library-dwelling researchers active in this field. Nonetheless, the book is, I think, accessible to any normal human in possession of patience and an interest in various human norms and the rather significant role that religion has played in their development (wait did I write that backwards?). I have not completed a reading of this book from cover to cover but it is quite clear to me that the enormous page count is justified. In his discussion, the author defines terms carefully and quite impressively, in my opinion, discusses the many different (though themselves interrelated) conceivable variables that have affected the development of a number of major cultural traditions. I like this book. I anticipate enjoying it as food for thought for years to come. I'm sure the scholar's have serious opinions about this book and it's perceived inadequacies but I'm - at best - a plebeian with respect to these matters and I couldn't be happier having it as an thorough and well-written reference on my shelf.

  • How did the image on site compare with the actual product? The book looks better in person than in the site image
  • How accurate was the on site description of the product? The description was accurate
  • Please tell us about the quality of the product. The book arrived with one of it's corners slightly bent on the front cover
  • Would you recommend this to a friend? No
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