A Short History of Nearly Everything
By Bill Bryson
2003, 560 pages
The title suggests the challenge. Who would have the nerve to write such a book? Of course, if you’ve read Bryson you know he’s not a “serious” writer. He’s just a very good one. And he has a sense of humor, some of which is pointed at himself.
A Short History of Nearly Everything is a tour de force. I enjoyed it immensely from cover to cover. It’s a big book but it reads fast. As promised, it’s an historical account of the history of the universe and much of human history, from the Big Bang to present day.
It took Bryson three years to research and write – but that seems like no time compared to the accomplishment.
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