(Pdf Read) [Alpha Beta How 26 Letters Shaped the Western World]


  • Hardcover
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  • Alpha Beta How 26 Letters Shaped the Western World
  • John Man
  • English
  • 11 September 2020
  • 9780471415749

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Alpha Beta How 26 Letters Shaped the Western World Read & Download ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Praise for Alpha Beta This book comes at the perfect moment as we rediscover the importance in early reading of cracking the alphabetic code The story of how that code came into being is a fascinating one and Man is the ideal writer to tell it Times Educational Supplement A richly absorbing exploration from BC to PCs of the evolution of the most. Reviewed for The BibliophibianJohn Man is good at a certain kind of popular history book as I ve noted before There are often elements of travelogue and it s usually a very easy read with uite short chapters and not too many long uotations from sources or anything like that It s not the most rigorous scholarship in the world but it s a good way to get a handle on a subject and get an initial idea of whether you re interested in reading Sometimes there are interesting titbits about newer scholarship that might be a bit controversial you catch the driftAlpha Beta then is Man s take on the alphabet Other people have mentioned expecting that he d just discuss each letter in turn and where we picked it up from but Man is somewhat ambitious he s after the origin of the Roman alphabet as we know it and generally the origin of writing as a form of expression He has some very interesting points including about Korea s hyper rational alphabet that is designed to be ideal for writing down the language Though I do wonder if that will stick after a few centuries of use and language changeHe has a whole bit on the influence of the alphabet on monotheism that made surprisingly little impact on me and I only remembered when checking over the reviews to refresh my mind to write this although actually I think what he wrote was the other way round that monotheism had an impact on the emergence of the alphabet because he wrote about how useful it can be for an emerging social group to adopt an alphabet The Mongols a pet topic of his clearly since he s written books on Genghis and Kublai Khan etc were also an example in that contextOverall it s an interesting if not exactly exhaustive read

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Alpha Beta How 26 Letters Shaped the Western World Read & Download ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Fundamental characters of our cultural history the alphabet we so much take for granted John Man writes with a compellingly restless curiosity and immediacy The ever surprising exotically detailed narrative in his informative book makes it as undryly enjoyable as a successful archaelogical dig of one of Alan Moorehead s colorful histories of Afri. While this is not a history of the twenty six individual letters of our Roman alphabet Man s slender volume instead focuses on the idea or meme of an alphabet More specifically he deftly maneuvers between the development of pictorial writing systems syllabaries and finally alphabets first by way of Ancient China the Near East and then the early cultures of the Mediterranean Of course he doesn t cover much new territory in the bulk of this volume that hasn t already been explore or elaborated on elsewhere in both the academic and lay reader world David Sacks well written Language Visible Unraveling the Mystery of the Alphabet from A to Z covers the same ground but in greater detail If I were to sing praises to any part of Man s book I than happy to single out the last two chapters Why We Don t Write Etruscan and The Limits to Growth In the first Man takes us on an interesting historical detour as he recounts the explosive growth in the field of Etruscan studies starting in the seventeenth century after it lay relatively unknown for almost two millennia Of course much about these people still remains a mystery as very little survives the careless and wanton destruction of their antiuities by both ancient Romans and the Enlightenment treasure hunters and scavengers In the last chapter Man sheds light on just how and why the Western and Eastern Europe split when the latter adopted the Cyrillic alphabet and why several including Romania later switched Which recalls the same reason modern Turkey under Ataturk ditched Arabic script for Roman Man s style balances both an effective readability with condensed scholarship that can please both the neophyte and the well read

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Alpha Beta How 26 Letters Shaped the Western World Read & Download ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Can exploration David Grambs author of The Describer s Dictionary and The Endangered English Dictionary Text that is crisp taut and as clear as a bell A fascinating story with many a beguiling subplot along the way New Scientist Letter perfect the best histories and mysteries of our ABC s Jeff Mcuain author of Never Enough Words and Power Languag. Take your pick complete shash utter piffle an embarrassment to humanity in every conceivable way an insult to people who think have thought or have accidentally bumped into people who have bigoted propaganda unbridled Antisemitism the only acceptable form of racism in academic circles apparently and possible but I am wholly tired of thinking about this thing calling it a book is than I can presently bear I ve read a few disappointing books this year but man this has to be the worst As many have said the wholly misleading title is less relevant to the content than had it just been called Pages with Words on Them MaybeStatistically most of this book is about the Eastern world and like most of his coterie Man lambastes the Western world and apotheosizes the East Except for that insignificant people group the Asiatics Man s embarrassing epithet for the Jewish people Yes he calls them an insignificant people multiple times Perhaps one should notify the hundreds of thousands of people who have dedicated their entire existences to exterminate said people group that they are in reality insignificant I mean honestly His entire section on Israel was so surfeited with vitriolic arrogance it s incredible it got passed anyone posing as an editor Calling the Bible Semitic legends is one thing but saying there s no archaeological evidence for Abraham and therefore none of the Bible is true is an embarrassment to all thinking and pre thinking entities I suppose there is archaeological evidence for Chingis Khan Julius Caesar and all the other famous people of history whose existences by which we have but anecdotal evidence to go Their thigh bones for example Or dental records Chariot licenses replete with photographic identification no doubtFortunately Man s summary of what the Bible says is so wholly inaccurate it could potentially be laughable over time but while I was reading it a generous term I felt a spiritual kinship to King David one of the earliest kings of this insignificant people and likely experienced what Shepherd David felt internally when he first heard the cacophonous tones of that tall fellow from Gath Laying all that aside this book surely must be embarrassing even to an atheist In one chapter Man admits multiple times our understanding of Egyptian history and chronology is largely inductive ie wholly made up using the same high uality techniues paleontologists use to tell us from bones how some dinosaurs were colorblind and disliked RBAs admirable as it is he admits our understanding of pre historic cultures is as tenuous as a successful guppy holding contest during a nor easter aboard a capsizing schooner he utterly elides all his waning credibility by declaring since the Bible doesn t fit into our timeline for Egypt the Bible is completely wrong Man is so afraid of admitting the potential boons of Judaism or Christianity he goes so far as to water down the work done by the widows Elisabeth Elliot and Rachel Saint as having made peace among the Huaorani after their husbands were killed and then he has the gall to imply his ethnolinguistic work among the Huaorani was even important than what they did Honestly Topping all this and painfully far he tells us at the very end of this diatribe the efforts of Tyndale and by extension Wycliffe Bible Translators SIL and all the others to translate the Bible into all the languages of the world as anthropologically dangerous Yes Mr Man telling different people groups what other people groups believe in their own languages is dangerous maybe you should have thought about that when you tried to tell us Westerners how much better Easterners areAs I said before this book has almost nothing to do with the 26 letters of the Roman alphabet Most of the book is about how great the Chinese language and script are how great Egypt s hieroglyphics were how horrible Rome was for pretending the Etruscans didn t exist and everything Etruscan is incalculably superior to everything Roman and Cyrillic is even better than Times New Roman and all the people who use Cyrillic especially Stalin are infinitely superior to people who use Roman letters except for Man and his friends no doubt Man spends about 17 pages scattered throughout to eventually get to the origin of the Latin alphabet He spends no meaningful time discussing how 26 letters shaped the western world which one would think he would have gotten around to since that is the subtitle of this thing Perhaps it s a mis translation from the original MongolianHe does spend an uproarious several dozens of pages telling us authoritatively how people have guessed about the origins of the Egyptian alphabet Since this symbol is an ox and that sound also begins the word for mother it s uite likely all ancient Egyptian scribes used the ox symbol when they wanted to write the letter m It s about that sensible All of which he admits is pure speculation So much of this book is Man selecting whatever made up origin stories he prefers from his friends and telling us in rather acerbic ways how it s probably right Thus when cultures such as his friends and Eastern cultures make up entire narratives to explain things without any proof it s okay When Israelites do it it s an attack on everything pure and decent in the world Seems somewhat of a double standardI suggest you don t read this book It doesn t have much of anything to do with the origins or influences of the Roman alphabet All influences have apparently been detrimental Man has nothing accurate or respectful to say about cultures of which he doesn t approve and when he relates anecdotes about Eastern rulers sacrificing thousands of victims he laughs it off as something people sometimes do goofy old tyrants I can t understand why some people love this book Oh wait Yes I canUsually I give away or when feeling mercenary sell or trade in books I know I m not going to read again and ones my children will likely not need or want but I just can t give this to any other human being I don t know anyone I dislike enough to give him or her this thing I ll return it back to the earth allowing it to nutrify the subterranean universe Avoid this thing


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