Language Visible: Unraveling the Mystery of the Alphabet from A to Z

~by David Sacks

This was a very intriguing book about, well, the alphabet. The English alphabet to be exact. The first part of the book deals with the alphabet's history in general. Following are twenty-six chapters, each devoted to a single letter of the alphabet. In alphabetic order, nonetheless. (Never would've guessed that now, would you?) Throughout the book are "mini-articles" and tangents, although not always conveniently placed. Annoyingly enough, the graphics would often seem pixellated. The book is filled with wonderful tidbits of history and modern usage as well as absolutely horrendous puns, wordplays, and jokes. Sometimes he seems to be stretching a little in his interpretations, and occasionally introduces subjects and ideas without really exploring them, but overall it was a very interesting book and pleasant to read.

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