~by Karen Armstrong

Karen Armstrong has written a marvelous book investigating the life of Sidhatta Gotama, the Buddha. She writes from many different perspectives, including biography, history, mythology, and philosophy. She has delved into the sacred writings of Buddhism and put the life of the Buddha into the historical context of his time. Her writing style flows gracefully from one event and subject to another, and is quite pleasant to read. This is a wonderful book to start with if you're interested in the "historical" Buddha, or simply want to learn more about the Buddha or Buddhism.