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Library JournalIt takes a brave man to summarize Thomas Aquinas's Summa theologicain eight pages or G.W.F. Hegel's Phenomenologyin seven, but Garvey (philosophy, Nottingham Univ., UK) does a creditable job. He writes clearly and gives readers essential clues that will show them what to look for when they read the books under discussion. His own bias shows when he picks Sir Alfred J. Ayer's Language, Truth and Logicas one of the five great books of the last century. But mostly, his accounts are straightforward and his criticisms to the point. His choices, inevitably, are arguable. Baruch Spinoza and Gottfried Leibniz are not on his list, and the "continental philosophy" movement is only represented by Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. Half of the living practitioners of philosophy live in the United States, and that has been true for a long time, yet no American book makes the list. Garvey's work will be handy on the library shelf for readers who want a potted guide to a reading list, but most would be better off with Robert C. Solomon and Kathleen M. Higgins's A Short History of Philosophy, the best of several short histories on the market.