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The unlikely story of life on Earth (0)

December 6, 2016 • History, Nonfiction

A Most Improbable Journey: A Big History of Our Planet and Ourselves, by Walter Alvarez @@@@ (4 out of 5) UC Berkeley professor Walter Alvarez tackles the emerging field of Big History from his perspective as a geologist, viewing himself as “a historian of the Earth.” In A Most Improbable Journey, he writes about the… Read More ›

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The unlikely story of life on Earth (0)

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A Most Improbable Journey: A Big History of Our Planet and Ourselves, by Walter Alvarez @@@@ (4 out of 5) UC Berkeley professor Walter Alvarez tackles the emerging field of Big History from his perspective as a geologist, viewing himself as “a historian of the Earth.” In A Most Improbable Journey, he writes about the… Read More ›

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A thriller about Vatican politics (0)

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Conclave: A Novel, by Robert Harris @@@@ (4 out of 5) Over the course of my life six new Popes have been installed by the Catholic Church. Robert Harris’ new thriller, Conclave, is about the next election. Set a few years in the future, when a man closely resembling Pope Francis has either retired or… Read More ›

Mysteries & Thrillers »

Shell shock, madness, and the Great Depression (0)

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Among the Mad (Maisie Dobbs #6), by Jacqueline Winspear @@@@@ (5 out of 5) If your taste in crime fiction runs to blood, guts, and gore, you’re unlikely to enjoy reading Jacqueline Winspear‘s Maisie Dobbs series. If, instead, you favor a more cerebral approach focused on three-dimensional character development and psychological insight, you’ll find exactly… Read More ›

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17 books that illuminate the World War II era (0)

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If you’ve been reading my reviews for very long, you’re aware that the World War II era holds special fascination for me. This might have something to do with the fact that I was born then — in fact, about six months before the USA entered the war. Or maybe it’s just because it all… Read More ›