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Powerful Reading

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Man and Power
The Story of Power from the Pyramids to the Atomic Age
de Camp

What a “powerful” book. (See what I did there?) I guess for 1961, this probably wasn’t a bad choice. I think it is a bit dense and maybe too much. I had trouble following along with some of the diagrams and text, so I wasn’t sure what this book was trying to do: reference? Textbook for a science course? Pleasure reading? Maybe no one else could figure it out either. For a book more than 50 years old, it has held up well.





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8 Responses to Powerful Reading

  • L. Sprague de Camp is much better known as a fiction writer. He was one of the major sci-fi writers of the 30s and 40s and is credited with being the first person to use the words “Extraterrestrial” and “ET” to refer to alien life.

  • It doesn’t need to be kept for this reason, but that’s L. Sprague de Camp you’re talking about there–somebody will be really excited to find this in a library sale.

  • A 1960’s book on power and not a single sentence on the power of LOVE….

  • It’s probably time for any book that uses the term “man” to mean “humans” to be weeded from most popular materials libraries.

  • Actually, this book is pretty typical for the time. It was for upper elementary/junior high kids. We (yes, I’m that old) had a lot of books like this, and I would have loved this one. Kids were more attuned to text then than they are now. The writing is clear and straight-forward.

  • “De Luxe Golden Book” eh? That answers the question of what people gave their children before Eyewitness Books existed.