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Re: James Fulford`s Blog:
Great Books—Who Wrote Them? And Who Can Say?
Fulford wrote about Alex Beam`s book A Great Idea At The Time: The Rise, Fall, And Curious Afterlife of The Great Books,
a good example of
argumentum ad hominem.
Beam`s subtitle should have read “Every Negative Fact
and Innuendo I Could Dredge Up.”
Although Beam was not particularly unkind to me in the
book, I found virtually every page to be a smart-alecky
and snide diatribe of the worst order against the Great
Robert Hutchins, et al. Worse, the book is replete
with errors of commission and omission.
As an effective antidote, I prescribe Hutchins` pithy
The Great Conversation.
If the Great
Books crusade is as bleak as Beam purports, then
happily, not many will read his invective book.
Weisman is President and co-founder with Mortimer
Adler of the
Center for the Study of The Great Ideas