All in all it’s a very good book, but the author has some pretty clear biases that I think may skew some of his interpretations. He believes very, very strongly in freedom of speech, which is fine and good. But I think he assumes that ancient Athenians absolutely agreed with him. He gives some good evidence of that, but some places he makes leaps of faith on the subject. Sometimes it almost seems like “I think free speech rocks; I think ancient Athens rocked; therefore Athens though free speech rocked.” But still, it’s a very good book, I learned a lot, and I think he’s probably much more right than he’s wrong. And this is the first book I’ve read on ancient Athens and the Athenian philosophers, so everything I’m saying is based on what he himself said, not what I know from somewhere else. Who knew that saying “I love Plato and Aristotle” is like saying “I love King John and Jefferson?” Now I need to go back and read some Plato to understand if the abuse he takes from Stone is justified. Definitely interesting reading after the impression of Plato I got from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.