How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I really liked the organization of this book. Cahill first summarizes the fall of Rome and what it was that was lost. This is critically important in calibrating the remarkable achievement of the Irish monks, because what was saved was a tradition of rigorous thought. (Who knew that "google-thinking" would bury this tradition, perhaps forever....but I digress.)
Cahill starts out Augustine-centric, then Patrick-centric. I did not mind this much as I needed the whirligig tour of Irish history and liked the way he served it up. (NOT boring)
It is a gem of a book!
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