My 300th Book on Library Thing

How The Scots Invented the Modern World

Richly researched creating a robust read. Now I want to determine my own Scottish heritage, hinted to be towards the Drummonds. The book itself talks to the triumphant of the Scottish Enlightment. Could America be finally entering into our own Enlightment. Instead of waiting for history to determine this, we should declare this and make it so.

Selected quotes and questions.

page 76: “How do human beings become moral beings, who treat each other with kindness, regard and cooperation, rather than brutality and savagery?”

page 83: “No man stands alone, …”

page 279: The Edinburgh Review was an inspiration for The Atantic Monthly which I read monthly. Also, The Edinburgh Review, once dormant, is now being resurrected.

page 320: “Don’t think, try.” ~ John Hunter (personal note, three words that I need to slap myself with repeatedly)

page 343: “Self-help is the ancestor of all self-help and motivational books and audio tapes, the indispensable vade mecums of the person who feels overwhelmed by the tide and tempo of modern life.”

page 389″ “Knowledge is of little use, when confined to mere speculation.”

page 427: “Yet the great insight of the Scottish school was that politics offers only limited solutions to life’s intractable problems; …”

page 428″ “The great insight of the Scottish Enlightenment was to insist that human beings need to free themselves from myths and to see the world as it really is…”

From the resources and recommended reading section in the back, John Preble looks to be my next Scottish reading. He writes on Culloden, Glencoe, and The Clearances.

This is a great book. At times very sobering – the tragedy of Culloden. At other times very soaring – the triumph of what it means to be Scogttish.


2 thoughts on “My 300th Book on Library Thing

  1. I did not know about this book . Have just ordered it – and will get back to you.

    It is easy to forget how much influence we Scots have had on the world.

    I am not sure why my own knowledge of Scottish history is so sketchy. However whenever I travel in my home country I learn something new. Last year when driving north ( 6 hours) to catch the ferry to Orkney we drove through the countryside which was “cleared” by the landowners. The ruins of the wee cottages still stand which I found incredibly moving. And for Culloden – I am married to a Cameron and my maiden name is Graham – but my Dad is a Cumbrian Graham ie on the “other side” which was confusing – but still emotional. And my Mum’s family moved from the borders of Scotland to work in the mills ending up in Edinburgh. It has been fascinating following their journey and relating that to Scottish history.

    Will be back in touch re the book
    Would love to know why you chose it – apart from your links with the Drummonds

  2. In June 2008, I was in Scotland while on a ten-day bus tour called Taste of Britain. We were in Scotland for four or five days. I was, and remain absolutely smitten with the beauty of the countryside and the pride of the people. To see more of my pictures, visit These represent about 25% of the pictures taken.

    As a veteran, war monuments and battlefields always fascinate and move me. I wept at Culloden and Glencoe. (Culloden reminds me of Gettysburg, especially the epic Pickett’s Charge.) The book gave me more background on the circumstances and events of each. Now need to get and read the John Prebble editions.

    The book reached out and grabbed me. I am glad I read it.

    I want to go back to Scotland some day, some year soon. Only Scotland, more of Scotland.

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