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This book is actually one I like to read again and again. John Berendt is a former magazine writer and his first book "Midnight In The Garden of Good And Evil" was a fascinating peek at Savannah society as well as a peek inside the judicial system - following trials of Jim Williams for murder - tried multiple times for the same murder and acquitted each time. "The City of Falling Angels" turns it attention to the ancient Italian city of Venice, and the tragic fire that destroyed the famous opera house there. This is a true story and it covers not only the fire, but several scandals that rocked Venetian society. It is populated with characters that are too colorful to be real, but indeed, they are. Read this book.
The facts presented in the beginning of the book are pretty well documented, but towards the very end as he begins to expand those early principles into larger theories like the behaviors of superorganisms and memes, the science starts to disappear and is replaced with ornate writing to back up the concepts. I really liked the ideas, but the book would have been a lot better if it were 50 pages shorter.