ANTHONY CAMPBELL'S BOOK REVIEWS
There are two motives for reading a book: one, that you enjoy it, the
other that you can boast about it. [Bertrand Russell]
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This site contains over 500 book reviews on a wide range of subjects,
including science, medicine, philosophy, religion, evolution,
psychology, and fiction. They reflect a pretty eclectic range of reading
over many years. Please see the subjects
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Disclaimer: Some of the reviews are of books supplied at my
request by the publishers. I accept no remuneration from publishers or
authors for writing these reviews and have no financial interest in any
writing other than my own.
Scoring (revised 24 September 2017)
Selected books are marked with * to indicate quality and importance.
("Importance" here is relative; a book on UFOs, for example, may get a
score for importance in its field even though UFOs are not an
important subject in themselves.) Previously I was using two grades (*
and **), but I've decided that this distinction is pretty meaningless so
there is now only *.
Scoring of this kind is in any case obviously highly subjective so take
it as a very rough guide only. It usually reflects a quick judgement
made just after writing the review (I occasionally change it later). The
fact that a book has no star doesn't mean that I think it's no good.
Almost all the books reviewed here are at least worth reading, in my
opinion; there is little point in wasting my time or yours on really bad
Apart from occasional revisions to scoring I seldom make changes to
reviews after publication. When I do, I note the fact and explain my
See also Personal Choice and Selected Reading Lists.
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