Capital of the Mind: How Edinburgh Changed the World

James Buchan


An enjoyable read, although it's quite hard to keep all the names straight sometimes: the author tends to introduce characters in several places before really providing their backgrounds, which makes the narrative a little non-linear. The focus seems to be more on how Edinburgh changed rather than its effects on the wider world: the former are dealt with far more thoroughly than the latter. Having said all that, this is a great overview of the Scottish Enlightenment and its main protagonists,

Finished on Thu, 20 Dec 2012 04:09:54 -0800.   Rating 3/5.