A History of Knowledge

by Charles Van Doren

Where does one begin to comment on a book which undertakes such a vast range of subject material? While I find it exceptionally readable, it must be remembered that “A History of Knowledge” has limitations and weaknesses (i.e., the prejudices and knowledge gaps of the author) that go with its strengths. For example, I find the author’s treatment of the Catholic Church to be negatively biased and ill informed at certain points.