I was hoping that this book would be a general overall read on the different aspects of ancient aliens and the evidence that people had gathered over the years. The problem was that while it did do this it also overwhelmed with just to much info.
My main problem with this book was that it tried to cover as many theories, examples of evidence, and ideas as possible but did not give enough information or really go as in depth on each of the topics as I would have preferred. I would have rather the author pick just a few examples and covered those a lot more thoroughly than what he did.
Overall, it was a good book but it just wasn't as helpful as I had hoped it would be. I had no problem with Kevin Foley and his reading though.
This book has got to be one of my favorite books ever! The only thing I didn't like about the unabridged version was that I prefer hearing Bill Bryson read his own books. It just seems funnier to me. However, that was the only real complaint I had.
The best thing about this book is that it attempts (and succeeds in my opinion) to give the average non-scientist, everyday, regular person a brief explanation about basically everything that makes up the world around us.
I have always been a curious person but whenever I sat down to read about any of the sciences I could barely get past the first few chapters due to the book being way to dry or the fact that I couldn't understand most of the technical jargon. A friend of mine recommended this after I was ranting to her one day about the difficulties I was having. She told me that it would be perfect for me. A book about the sciences told from someone who had no experience in those fields. "He's normally a travel writer." she said. I told her that I would give it a try.
After a few more books that I attempted but couldn't finish, I picked this one up. Boy was I surprised! It was excellent! It's told by an author who has absolutely no background in sciences and so spent three years attempting to write a book for people like himself who had no real understanding of the world around them. Bryson talks about the history of science and the people who made the discoveries including some interesting quirks. There's nothing like receiving a Nobel prize for accidentally discovering cosmic radiation after you spent months trying to get rid of it so you could conduct your own experiments like Penzias and Wilson in 1964. Or discovering the first dinosaur bone, not recognizing that it was special and then losing it 100 years before the next one came around like the Reverend Plott.
Bryson succeeds in simplifying complex explanations down to something easily understood by the average person. If you have ever been interested in any of the sciences but can't bring yourself to read any of those mini-textbooks don't hesitate to pick up Bryson's Short History of Nearly Everything. I doubt you will be disappointed and you may even want to continue on to other books to find out more information.
Good Luck and Happy Reading!
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