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Creation: The Origin of Life / The Future of Life
Creation: The Origin of Life / The Future of Life
by Adam Rutherford
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book for the big questions that keep us awake at night, 14 April 2013
This book is for the big questions that keep us awake at night. The Whys, the Hows and the Whats of our yesterday and tomorrow. Beautifully written, intelligently balanced and accessible without ever patronising. The questions may still keep us awake, but we now have someone to share the twilight hours with. An essential companion for wonderers and insomniacs.


Jerusalem: The Biography
Jerusalem: The Biography
by Simon Sebag Montefiore
Edition: Hardcover

165 of 175 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An important and beautifully produced book, 2 Feb. 2011
Right from the off, with a blistering opening set in 70AD as the Roman general Titus lays siege to Jerusalem, this is a well-paced and absolutely gripping read.

Early on Simon Sebag Montefiore tells us that a story of Jerusalem is, really, `the story of the world'. If at the beginning I was sceptical, by the end I was not. What stops Jerusalem from being a Wikipedian succession of kings, rabbis, muftis and patriarchs is the author's elegant and consistent ability to supply fascinating characters - the kind of characters you might not expect to find in a book like this. For every despot - and there are plenty - Sebag Montefiore gives us a rake, a bungler or an eccentric. Just as Jerusalem emerges as a place of religious intensity, it is also a city addicted to vice.

An important and beautifully produced book. Highly recommended.
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