Buddha

Karen Armstrong is one of the most interesting and clear religious writers in our century. In Buddha, Armstrong presents a crisp historical portrait of Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, while discussing Buddhist concepts in a very learned yet detached manner. She "deftly" compares the Buddha's teaching to many of the teachings of great Western thinkers such as Jesus, Socrates and Mohammed. An amazing read that can be difficult to put down once started. An excellent review was written by Laura Miller for Salon.com