Book Review: Einstein's Watch

Touted as the “unofficial record of a year’s most ownable things” this slim volume lives up to the billing as it showcases the ordinary, like the Black Canary Barbie which sold for $40 along with a host of more eclectic items. These range from a pair of spectacles once owned by Mohandas K. Gandhi to an absence slip hastily scribbled by Barack Obama. Each listing includes a small color photograph with a short, general description that includes a smattering of historical significance along with the selling price. This engrossing collection emphases the items without resorting to sensationalism, choosing instead to let the pieces tell the story about what society places a value on.  

 

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