That was weeks ago. Much of it has stayed with me, especially his subtle wit which made me laugh out loud on pre-dawn bus commutes. His brief history of museums and collecting in England set them into the context of seafaring exploration and trade in a way which made me appreciate the extent to which Anglo-American museum history is maritime history.
But the words that I hope I will carry with me always are on page 83:
Any of us who tampers with the remains of the past has a moral responsibility to it...
What makes this book such an indispensable partner is the fact that it tells us why.