Wednesday, July 26, 2006

 

The Web of Trust

Bill Whittle, if you don’t already know, is one of the finest essayists alive.

He has Chapter One of his new book posted on his website, please go read the whole thing. The Introduction is posted here.

I won’t excerpt, you need to absorb Bill in big chunks to truly appreciate his work. Suffice it to say that Bill takes on big ideas with both seriousness and humor. His operant metaphor in his Introduction was Coastlines and Maps; his premise in Chapter One is Civilization and The Web of Trust.

I can’t do these justice, you just have to read them.

I will mention by way of referral, Bill’s previous series of essays were the excellent TRIBES and SANCTUARY (part 1) / SANCTUARY (part 2).

Bill has written an earlier book, Silent America. I haven’t read it, but if it in any measure reflects the keen insight Bill shows in his essays, it would be worth the read.




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