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The Hidden Europe: What Eastern Europeans Can Teach Us has 330,600 words. That's a lot. It's a 736-page book.
To save you the trouble of reading all 330,600 words, I've selected the 300 most common words and created wordles or word-clouds. The images on this page graphically depict the frequency of words in The Hidden Europe. These wordles ignore common words like a, the, that, and, this. The bigger the word, the more often it appears in the book.
Mouse over each image to enlarge it. Every image depicts the exact same data. The only difference is the formating. The proportion of the words are identical in each word cloud.
Below I'll explain my thoughts about expected and surprising results....
Results I'm happy about
Really? 330,600 words? 736 pages? Are you nuts?
Yes, but fortunately, you don't have to go nuts reading my book. It's written in a modular style. There are 25 loosely related chapters. Yes, there's a common story (my travels through Eastern Europe), but if you feel like reading only 5 chapters or reading just 10% of each chapter, then you'll still get plenty out of the book and you won't get confused.
It also helps that each chapter is broken up into many sections, each with its own heading. About every 1-2 pages you'll see a new heading. This makes it easy to preview what a section will be about, which can help you figure out if you want to read it. Each chapter has a common thread, but it doesn't require linear reading. Still, I hope that once you start reading, you'll want to keep going. :)
Lastly, my writing style is fast-paced. My two editors struggled to find words or paragraphs to cut. I'm succinct.
Now that you've read the 300 most common words in The Hidden Europe, why not read 1-2 chapters?
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