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  • ISBN10: 076790818X
  • ISBN13: 9780767908184
  • Paperback
  • 560 pages
  • Broadway

A Short History of Nearly Everything
by Bill Bryson

Reviewed by Tara

Rating: 4 out of 5

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A Short Review of a Short History

The Short History of Nearly Everything admirably lives up to its daunting title, but achieves far more than it suggests by conveying the depth and breadth of the feats and follies in science with a storyteller's lyrical prose. Bill Bryson utilizes a multitude of sources, from academic and popular science books to candid interviews with luminaries in a variety of fields.

Far from cardboard dry, if you have any curiousity or like to be entertained by facts, foibles and other tid-bits of history you will enjoy this invigorating dunk into the occasional murky pool of humanity.

His exploration from the smallest particles to the unimaginably vast expanses of space achieves granting the reader a reminder of how incredible existence is and how important our influence on this rare and beautiful planet must be used to protect and nurture its future.

If the idea of a 500+ page non-fiction science novel leaves you with a grimace, both the CD and Cassette tape versions are also available, and grant the tome greater accessibility.

Succinctly, "This is a book about how it happened," the author writes. "In particular how we went from there being nothing at all to there being something, and then how a little of that something turned into us, and also what happened in between and since."

"She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain." - Louisa May Alcott

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