Turning Ill-Fortune Into Good Fortune: The Story Of Peter Mark Roget

I am almost finished with listening to the audiobook of Joshua Kendall’s The Man Who Made Lists: Love, Death, Madness, and the Creation of Roget’s Thesaurus.  Kendall’s book is a biography of Peter Mark Roget, the British scholar-magus who created the classic reference work Roget’s Thesaurus.  Here again it is proved that often the most inspiring stories can lie hidden in the most unlikely places.  I knew absolutely nothing about Roget before hearing this book, but was taught a lesson in how misfortune can be turned to our advantage, if the right approaches are taken.  It is a theme I’ve written about often, and one that continues to hold my fascination.

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