Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Book: Life in Year One by Scott Korb

Korb, Scott. 2010. Life In Year One: What the World Was Like in First-Century Palestine. NY: Riverhead Books.

Another book snatched from Borders with a going-out-of-business discount, Life in Year One by Scott Korb provides a short summary of what is known in the scholarly literature about daily life around the time we started counting years up rather than down. The style is sort of wannabe Bill Bryson, but Korb tries too hard with the jokes and is much less thorough with the literature relative to Bryson.

Bottom line: While the book is by no means awful, I am sure there are better books on this topic, and I wish I had read one of them instead.

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