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Book Review – Deceived Wisdom by David Bradley

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My favourite book is Edward Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.  It is a phenomenal piece of work that spans the period of time from the reign of the artful emperor Augustus across 15 centuries until the final fall of the last remaining fragment of the state he founded.  It was a book that could probably not have been written any time before the eighteenth century when it was published.  Gibbon was able to refer to huge numbers of source materials which were being printed for the first time as the technology and the economy developed together.  He had some 6,000 books in his library.  Prior to Gibbon’s time only a king could have afforded that many volumes. Continue reading