by Sarah Tomley and Marcus Weeks (DK Publishing)
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
Years ago, I struggled through Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder. An overview of philosophy and philosophers through the ages, with a narrative feel – what could be better? Yet the presentation was a bit too in-depth for me. This book, however, was nearly perfect. It presented each philosopher (not all by a long shot, but many of the big names likely to be familiar) and a quick biography in clear, large text with similar formatting on a sidebar, and the rest of the spread was devoted to their main ideas, again in simple clear language and large, uncluttered text. Not all of the pictures really matched the ideas, but some concepts are hard to show visually. I got a bit antsy at the end when the ideas turned political in nature, but it was good to know how some of our political ideas came out of philosophy.