The Geography of Genius. A Search for the world's Most Creative places, from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley.
by Eric Weiner. This was a really enjoyable book. Along with giving me a few more places to put on my "must see" list, it was also a nice trip through the history of big ideas and creative people.
I really liked chapters 6 and 7 about Vienna at the time of Mozart and Beethoven (6) and Freud (7). The description of the coffee shops in Vienna where the thinking and discussions happened made me feel not-too-guilty about my mornings in Starbucks where I do some of my best thinking. More ammunition for my self-assessment as a late 19th or early 20th century guy. Golden Age thinking, I guess.