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November 2006 Selection: A Short History of Nearly Everything
By: Bill Bryson
Copyright: 2003


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About the Book:

One of the worlds most beloved and bestselling writers takes his ultimate journey -- into the most intriguing and intractable questions that science seeks to answer.

In A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson trekked the Appalachian Trail -- well, most of it. In In A Sunburned Country, he confronted some of the most lethal wildlife Australia has to offer.

Now, in his biggest book, he confronts his greatest challenge: to understand -- and, if possible, answer -- the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves. Taking as territory everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, Bryson seeks to understand how we got from there being nothing at all to there being us.

To that end, he has attached himself to a host of the worlds most advanced (and often obsessed) archaeologists, anthropologists, and mathematicians, travelling to their offices, laboratories, and field camps. He has read (or tried to read) their books, pestered them with questions, apprenticed himself to their powerful minds.

A Short History of Nearly Everything is the record of this quest, and it is a sometimes profound, sometimes funny, and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge, as only Bill Bryson can render it. Science has never been more involving or entertaining.

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The World is Flat
By: Thomas L. Friedman. 2005.

A Brief History of Time [Updated and Expanded 10th Anniversary Edition]
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1,000 Places to See Befroe You Die
By: Patricia Schultz. 2003.

Guns, Germs and Steel
By: Jared Diamond. 1997.


A Short History of Nearly Everything Reader Comments:

Fascinating, educational, and still entertaining in the way only Bill Bryson could somehow manage. I liked the way he was able to provide some nice general coverage on odd topics without inundating the reader with too much information.

-- Scott C.
customer of Bennett Martin Public Library.
Customer Review Score - 7

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