Aurel Cablan Cablan itibaren Roskhmel', Moskovskaya oblast', Rusya, 141250
Well I'm rounding 700 pages in this 815-page monster, so I'm going to call it read. Hope you won't protest. The Book of Virtues is a very large collection of interesting fiction, non-fiction, children's poems, Greek myth, biblical stories, inspiring speeches once given, historical figures' journal entries, tall tales and such. They are loosely compiled according to the "virtue" they posses. This is just the kind of thing I love: Things that are fanciful and thought provoking. Over the course of the last year or so it has made a wonderful before-bed book. I will get the second installment, The Moral Compass for sure. If I ever have kids, I will read these to them. As much as it would be grand that the Book of Virtues was brought you by some innocuous scholar, and even better if it was brought to you by someone who represents a true beacon of good will in society, we must face the plain truth is that this book is brought to you (edited, with commentary) by... a right wing conservative republican. Or so I is strongly suggested given that he worked as the Secretary of Education under George Sr. and no other than Margaret Thatcher and RUSH LIMBAUGH write praises on the back cover. I have thought of this often while I've read the book and wondered, am I reading propaganda? Am I perhaps a moral republican masquerading as a liberal? No. It's a good book. These are fabulous stories. I am afraid to find out more about this man, because, as an open minded and caring person I am willing to believe that really good people embrace all kinds of philosophies and I hope against hopes that this man is as good as the tales he brings together. You just have to let that go, and laugh at the fact that on the back Rush basically implies he was the inspiration and impetus for the whole damn thing! Tear off the back cover and enjoy a book for children and adult children, like me.