As entertaining and educational as pointless. I just finished the book without figuring out what it was about, that is, besides pointing out the redundancies of both Plato and Aristotles philosophies along 2500 years of history. And a history it is, in spite of the author's introductory comment telling the reader otherwise. A history of the West, of its politics, economics, arts, and everything that can be claimed to have happened under the ineluctable influence of the aforementoned duet.
I chose this book having read others by the same author and having come off with more than a fine impression. I leave this one off today with a nagging voice in my head telling me I've been wasting my time, even though, i got my entertainment share. But I wasn't expecting a history the size of this one, 500+ pages. I was expecting, and hoping till the end, a thesis, a proposition put forward, some kind of analysis that could go straight to today's life and world. But no. This was just good old schooltime. A good time to learn about all those philosophers from the pre-Socratics to today's global-warming prophets of doom. A long story indeed.
Not one single politically incorrect sentence in the whole book. My man, this I do not forgive. When I read, right at the end of the book, that corny sentence, "to save the world", as a nice hope this book and its lessons entailed, I felt a little embarrassed and thanked the Lord Jesus it was the last page I had to read.
Well, this is your change to learn about the West and forget about the rest. You never had it so easy. It wasn't just the book for me at this day and time.