Open to any page and see a humble servant working through one baroque metaphor after another. This is neither a history of educational theories nor a handbook of teacher techniques but a collection of short biographies of teachers, and the attempt to make the personalities jump the time barrier leads to simplified philosophy and cloying familiarity. Fictionalized dialogue abounds, elongating without illuminating the text, and some of the synonymous variants (Luther is ""the rebel of Wittenberg,"" Ignatius of Loyola is affectionately ""Inigo"") rasp like chalk on a blackboard. They are dedicated, to a man (and three women in one chapter); except for Plato-Socrates and Pestalozzi-Froebel there is virtually no cross-referencing. Also, Aristotle, Quintilion, Alcuin, Vittorino da Feltre, Comenius, Horace Mann, a drop of Dewey. Even FTA Club members will have doubts.