The Hemlock Cup: Socrates, Athens and the Search for the Good Life

The Hemlock Cup: Socrates, Athens and the Search for the Good Life

by Bettany Hughes
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The Hemlock Cup: Socrates, Athens and the Search for the Good Life 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These "reviews" on the B&N website are simply complaints about the price of the Nook edition. I suggest you read the reviews in the London Telegraph, New York Times and Wall Street Journal.
storyjunkie More than 1 year ago
_The Hemlock Cup_ is actually three narratives in one book: the physicality and history of Athens during Socrates' life, a largely-guesswork biography of Socrates, and a guided tour through the digs in modern Greece that resulted in the foundations for a lot of Bettany Hughes' supposition. Each chapter is riveting, engaging, and makes me want to look things up so that I can know more. Taken as a whole, the piece is disjointed and jumpy, uneasily sitting between the history of Athens and the after-image of Socrates. It's odd the things she explains to her readers and the things she doesn't, often seeming as if she's forgotten to put in a parenthetic statement or footnote in a number of passages (the introduction of Alcibiades was particularly frustrating to me). I was left with the feeling that she wrote some chapters with an academic audience in mind, and others with a popular audience in mind.
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Frank Morton More than 1 year ago
I hate reviews based on nothing about the actual book or by people who obviously hadn't read the book. this book is fun and interesting.
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Bombos More than 1 year ago
Book is wonderful. Nook price is a joke!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wld love to buy this...but can't afford the nook price..what happened to all the freebies and discounted prices!!!
SkullCrossBones More than 1 year ago
I know the publisher has a lot to do with setting ebook prices, but a little common sense would be good. . .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cringed a bit when I ponied up $15 for the Nook version of "Examined Lives: From Socrates to Nietzsche" but since I had a gift card I went ahead with the purchase. I thought this book would be a good follow-up read until I saw the Nook price. How on earth can B&N justify asking $28 for the Nook version when the hardcover is selling for $19.25. I guess I will kill another tree and buy the book--from Amazon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
was ready to get the e-book but $28.00!!!!!?????? Should not have let the store Nook person talk me out of returning it! What a shame and BN should be ashamed! Usury
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'd love to read this as a NookBook but the eBook price is twice the hardcopy price. Why did I buy a Nook again?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why does the NOOKbook version cost almost $9.00 more than the hardcover version? Why did I buy a NOOK book?