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Jay PariniFor the writers Weaver champions here, openness...was everything. Not surprisingly, he has excerpted texts that subtly evince this newfound expansiveness....Although the excerpts stand on their own, they are obviously intended to lure readers to the books from which they have been taken. ''In daydreams, I sometimes revisit the old Rome,'' Weaver tells us in his introduction. Although the city figures only glancingly in most of these selections, the legacy of its liberation is everywhere apparent.
— The New York Times Book Review