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"It is a damn poor mind that can think of only one way to spell a word." Andrew Jackson might have been a major American president, but when he uttered this complaint, this backwoods boy might have been just rationalizing his own battles with spelling. This new book by jaunty linguist David Crystal (The Story of English in 100 Words) is much too entertaining to be a spelling tutorial, though undoubtedly it will enhance your ability to master our obstreperous language. Crystal's history of English spelling helps explain how its rules became so complicated and why they seem so peppered with exceptions. Editor's recommendation.