This is the second book I have got from the LibraryThing early reviewer program (the previous book was The Spy Within).
I’m going to have to be honest with this book and say that I haven’t read all of it yet. Its basically a dictionary and I don’t tend to read those cover to cover. On the other hand, I have read about 10% of this book so far, and do intend to read it all.
This book is great. The content is interesting, well laid out, and excellently written. That’s probably made a lot easier by how interesting the content is — the stories behind various works tend to be short and novel, which is fun. The book is also useful — it’s already ended an office debate over the origin of the word “hooker”.