He is an excellent essayist and I have read all his books. I liked some of his other books better than this one. They were profound insights into things, especially the phenom “The Tipping Point” and “Blink” was cool (first impressions often incredibly complex processing that create to an accurate assessments), plus “Outlier” was fascinating.
In this book there was an extensive discussion of a topic I had not paid too much attention too because I found it just so unimaginable: The Troubles. This was the 7os and for decades before and after in Ireland when people hated with a passion their neighbors because some were CATHOLIC and some were PROTESTANT. On the long list of stupid reasons to bomb innocent people and beat them and imprison them, ancient religious dogma — not even YOUR OWN NATIVE religion but one forced upon your country by Kings and Queens, is not one of them. Continue reading