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Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World by Simon Winchester

Reviewed by L. Bennett

When Simon Winchester purchased land in New York's forested country, he got to wondering what it is about land that causes people to want to own it. Raised and educated in England, he brings a different perspective to his globe-trotting research. He also delves back in time to see how things were once done and how our present attitudes were formed. Part history of the world, part environmental evangelicalism, his book is thoughtful and current. Although at times a bit tedious in its details, Winchester never fails to address his points and lead the reader through his logic. It was an interesting read for its worldwide approach to land ownership, but I had to wonder what political ideals underpinned his arguments. I'm glad I read it but will probably not rush out and get any other titles by this author.

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