Category Archives: Non-fiction

Charles Foster – Being a Beast (2016) Review

It must be great having Charles Foster as a guest lecturer at University. He’ll surely be full of witty remarks and fascinating stories, of the kind that make you wonder whether he is serious or pulling your leg. His book, … Continue reading

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Peter Frankopan – The Silk Roads (2015) Review

“A New History of the World” Peter Frankopan is annoyed that the history lessons in the Western world focus so much on the Western world. Understandable, sure, there is only so much time for teachers to teach children history, but … Continue reading

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Eric Harvey – The Leadership Secrets of Santa Claus (2015)

Please join me while I peruse this highly interesting booklet. We might learn some life lessons. After all, it has over 250K copies sold, even though I got it from a box of free books at the local bookstore. It … Continue reading

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Tim Birkhead – Bird Sense; What It’s Like to Be a Bird (2012) Review

When I studied biology in the 2000s as an undergraduate at Leiden University, the first course I ever had was about Behavioral Biology. In it, our professor urged us to think about animals as black boxes, with input of the … Continue reading

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Norman Davies – Vanished Kingdoms; The History of Half-Forgotten Europe (2011)

Maybe you know the feeling when you’re on a holiday in some corner of Europe, and you visit a castle and you read in your Lonely Planet guide about some ancient kingdom that used to exist there. And for a … Continue reading

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Mike Dash – Tulipomania (1999) Review

The story of the world’s most coveted flower & the extraordinary passions it aroused. At the height of the tulip craze in the 17th century, a single tulip bulb in Holland was worth many times its weight in gold. It … Continue reading

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Yuval Noah Harari – Homo Deus (2015) Review

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow is marketed as the sequel to Harari’s earlier popular non-fiction book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. And in a sense, it is. Sapiens started off with explaining the biological baseline of our … Continue reading

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