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The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had

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  • Posted January 31, 2010

    How About reviews from READERS???

    I noticed a bad review from an anon reviewer on this book and it strikes me as very peculiar being that this person admits to only sitting thru a few pages, not even purchasing the book. What a crock. That review then is quite invalid...also this person complains of not wishing to read all those books...Um EXCUSE ME...it's about a 'classical' education as stated in it's title. Idiocy abounds. I think it's a great idea and I intend to try the book.

    11 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2006

    The most valuable 'How-To' book on my shelf.

    This book is simply outstanding - dramatically improved my understanding and enjoyment of literature.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2005

    not for the independent thinker

    I read through the first half of the book and was raring to go- ready to purchase my first book from the 'great list'. I couldn't decide whether to go with the Novel list or the History list, so decided to check them out in person first before making my decision. Much to my dismay the first selections (Bauer insists you read them in order) within either of these genres (Don Quixote and The Histories by Heroditus) are HUGE!! My heart sank almost immediately, but I was detemined to try it. I sat down with both in the store and read the first few pages. Then, a light went off. It dawned on me that I had no desire whatsoever to A - spend the money on these books B - read them. My life has progressed such that I am no longer in school and forced to read what I am not inclined to. That's one of the great things about growing up - I can read whatever I want to. For me, the time I would have spent on these books would be more enjoyable reading about a new hobby or learning about world religions or learning a foreign language, or pretty much anything else. Even, G-d forbid, a Tom Clancy novel (which Bauer conveys are beneath her). This is an interesting concept, but the idea of limiting what you read and what order you read them is suffocating. There were some good tips on retaining what you read and she encourages to keep learning even if you are out of school. I advocate that, certainly, but I'm an adult and my time is so crunched, the time I spend reading should be fulfilling and enjoyable, not something to dread.

    5 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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