The best feature of the book is how the author takes the reader through the logic of how archeologists infer facts about life 2000 years ago.
The book is more about political realities than about cultures, with little attention given to the role of black people (apart from them being enslaved).
Captivating narrative which juicy details on naval warfare practices and life on board.
At some points the investigative journalism is not fully convincing, but it conveys the message effectively.
Entertaining and motivating.
Everything you always wanted to know about the economic, cultural, historical, and culinary significance of cod.
The writer never really succeeds in making the Simulmatics story seem important, partly because due to endless digressions about the bad marriages of the men who founded the company and partly because she avoids any substantial assessment of the actual models they used.
It is much harder to relate to the author’s obsession, which seems mostly driven by a some vague feeling of disappointment concerning life in general.
A cornucopia of charming mathematical anecdotes and facts
Entertaining and polemic book, although many of the author’s points hardly need to be argued.
In the US election system, geographic concentration puts democrats at a fundamental disadvantage.
The stone itself is just an excuse to tell wonderful stories.
The book resists the temptation to get lost in juicy stories, but focuses on the evolution of ideas.
Compelling story telling and enriching perspectives make it hard not to become fascinated by Udham Singh and his quest for revenge.
Conveys lively how science was considered an undertaking for daring adventurers.
Insightful perspective that highlights how few options political leaders actually have in responding to external threats.
Most intriguing where the described ‘globalization’ takes the for of trade – rather than old-fashioned conquest
Well narrated account of how Christian and Muslim scholars traveled the world in search of ancient knowledge and preserved it through diligent copying.
If only the book had appeared c. 1700 years earlier it would have been relevant, now it is just a source to tap into for an unhealthy dose of self righteous indignation.
A collection of juicy stories backed by interesting historical facts grounded in documented history and archeological finds.