Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

Bryson (I'm a Stranger Here Myself, 1999, etc.), a man who knows how to track down an explanation and make it confess, asks the hard questions of science—e.g., how did things get to be the way they are?—and, when possible, provides answers.As he once went about making English intelligible, Bryson now attempts the same with the great moments of science, both the ideas themselves and their genesis ... Read full review

Review: A Short History of Nearly Everything

Editorial Review - - Kate Ayers

Thank goodness Bill Bryson has an insatiable thirst for knowledge. Here I thought he just walked all over the world and then wrote about it fortunately not. I've read about half a dozen of his books: A WALK IN THE WOODS, NOTES FROM A SMALL ISLAND, NOTES FROM A BIG COUNTRY, NEITHER HERE NOR THERE, even a dictionary he wrote. Not one of them failed to elicit embarrassing giggles, often at highly ... Read full review

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Bryson's ability to be engaging, comprehensive and accurate is nothing short of spectacular. His weaving together of scientist, discovery, personality and facts makes for a superbly readable book that really does deliver on its title - it really is a short history of nearly everything! With the basic knowledge he conveys, you could pick any one of the topics and delve much more deeply with relative ease. 

Excellent book

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Bill Bryson writes in a very interesting way and this is my favorite of his books. Read full review

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