Now let me get on my soap-box for a second. I see such value in reading non-fiction books to inform, even when I don't know I need to be informed. I knew next to nothing about the Negro Baseball League prior to reading this book, now I know quite a bit. I relish opportunities to learn new things, to view the world from a bit of a different vantage point, and to always remain open to new ideas. I hope that this quick little review will encourage you to pick up a nonfiction gem, even if it is a short one with illustrations like We are the Ship, and be prepared to glean some new information. Here are a few choice quotes on the value of reading for information:
“The best effect of any book is that it excites the reader to self-activity.” – Thomas Carlyle
“To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting.” – Edmund Burke
“Let me roughly divide books into those which compete with the movies and those with which the movies cannot compete. They are the books that can elevate or instruct. If they are fine works of fiction, they can deepen your appreciation of human life. If they are serious works of nonfiction, they can inform or enlighten you.” – Mortimer Adler
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