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Life: an Unauthorized Biography (Text Only) [Kindle Edition]

Richard Fortey
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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This ebook edition does not include illustrations.

A magisterial exploration of the natural history of the first four thousand million years of life on and in the earth, by one of Britain’s most dazzling science writers.

What do any of us know about the history of our planet before the arrival of man? Most of us have a dim impression of a swirling mass of dust solidifying to form a volcanic globe, briefly populated by dinosaurs, then by woolly mammoths and finally by our own hairy ancestors. This book, aimed at the curious and intelligent but perhaps mildly uninformed reader, brilliantly dispels such lingering notions forever. At the end of the book we understand the complexity of the history of life on earth, and the complexity of how it has come to be understood, as, perhaps, from no other single volume. The result is enthralling.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 780 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Flamingo (7 Oct. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0044DE96A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #105,253 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life-an unauthorised biography 22 Sept. 2001
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This is a stunning book. It is a sort of "David Attenborough meets Laurie Lee" type book. Richard Fortey explains the complexities of evolution with a rare turn of prose. It takes some reading-I had to keep referring to a dictionary, such is the richness of Dr Fortey's english. A book that is difficult to put down-honestly. An impressive mix of science, philosophy and wonderful prose.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars History of life 29 Jan. 2011
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Richard Fortey is a very good science writer and has the knack of making concepts understandable. He writes very well and his coverage of the millions of years of the evolution of life is masterly. Since retirement I have become interested in Geology and Richard Fortey certainly opens the doors and arouses interest in the interlocked subjects of palaeontology and its essential links to rocks and the undoubted age of the Earth. His book will certainly remain on my shelf to be read again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read this! 28 July 2013
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Clearly described, so well written it's hard to put down, this book is brilliant. Given the massive scope of material, Fortey handles it with aplomb, carefully selecting those elements that add to the narrative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read, should be read by all. 1 May 2014
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An inspiring insight in to just how we all got to be here today . Not bogged down in too much detail for the novice (me) or too simple for the more learned among us. Books like this inspire a thirst for more information and a hunger to understand, makes the dawn chorus all the more intriguing and the simple flowers of the field much more complex. Humbling awe inspiring stuff. Thank you .
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good explanation of evolution 19 July 2015
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Good explanation of evolution, using latest DNA findings, which back up the logic of evolution, showing its mechanism as a second separate proof. I did however miss the diagrams & illustrations, but found this kindle version great value for money.
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