Tag Archives: History

Peter Frankopan – The New Silk Roads (2018) Review

Peter Frankopan’s The Silk Roads: A New History of the World became a very popular history book and deservedly so. It might be the best book about general history of the world that I have ever read. Not only gives … Continue reading

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Neal Stephenson – Cryptonomicon (1999) Review

Thirty pages in and I knew I was going to love this book. A hundred pages in and I am floored by how much I am enjoying this and how well it is written. And then to think that my … Continue reading

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Yuval Noah Harari – 21 Lessons for the 21st Century (2018) Review

Historian Yuval Noah Harari made a name for himself with his successful non-fiction book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. A very readable and easy to understand view of the rise of humanity, yet also brimming with fresh perspectives. Then … 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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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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Ian Mortimer – Human Race (2015) review

10 centuries of change on Earth. This is a very fuzzy book, with fuzzy meanings and fuzzy goals. Ian Mortimer tries to answer the question: “which century saw the most change?”. Most people will say the 20th century, but Mortimer … Continue reading

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Arthur Koestler – The Act of Creation (1964)

Science, history, art and humanity. Perhaps the clearest book ever written on anything. I found this most extraordinary book in the bowels of a university library. The library was being cleaned up, and dusty books were distributed to scientists, whoever … Continue reading

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Charles G. Finney – The Circus of Dr. Lao (1935)

8/10 The story is set in a dusty small town, Abalone, in Arizona during the Depression. The inhabitants are all rather narrow-minded simpletons. But Dr. Lao’s circus rolls into town and changes the lives of the townsfolk forever. I am … Continue reading

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