Ever since I was a child I have been all but obsessed with ancient history and knowledge. While other kids were watching The Simpsons or MTV, I was glued to PBS's Nova and other historical documentaries. As a teen I watched The History Channel and Discovery. And through all this time, I mourned the loss of knowledge. From Ancient Greece, to Rome, to the Library of Alexandria. So much was lost, leaving us with the task of learning it all again. But as this book shows us, not all was lost. The Arab world experienced a golden age of knowledge in the midst of Europe's dark ages. I have to say The Map of Knowledge is an exciting release for me. It helps to refresh my palate and let me taste again the beauty of learning and the significance of history around the world.
“The Map of Knowledge is an endlessly fascinating book, rich in detail, capacious and humane in vision.”
—Stephen Greenblatt, author of The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, winner of the Pulitzer Prize