Gordon White is one of the go-to writers and bloggers for unique and thought-provoking perspectives on the world. His magician's perspective informs his discussions which are wide ranging, erudite and thoroughly researched. He is as close to a renaissance an as you're likely to encounter these days. At the same time, White does not pander to his readership. I found some of what he say here simplistic, almost reductive and his perspectives on some events will cause some readers concern. Still, I can't imagine he would want universal approval for everything he says.So be prepared to be shaken up and to have to do some proper thinking. You will not read this book and come out the other end unchanged.