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Our Final Century: Will Civilisation Survive the Twenty-first Century?: Will the Human Race Survive the Twenty-first Century?
Our Final Century: Will Civilisation Survive the Twenty-first Century?: Will the Human Race Survive the Twenty-first Century?
by Martin Rees
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating, 19 Dec 2006
Martin Rees discusses a large variety of subjects in Our Final Century; everything that could wipe mankind of the face of the Earth, and that's an awful lot. Taking up such a subject cannot lead to an in-depth description of details. But Rees has succeeded wonderfully in writing a book that informs the general reader about everything that could happen, to what extent we can expect it to happen, and the possible actions we should take to prevent it from happening.

Our Final Century is written in a pleasant, informal style. Rees occasionally shares his experiences and opinions, but in a modest way, without being pushy or pedantic. From beginning to end, this book does not cease to interest, succeeding in both amusing and alarming the reader.


What's it All About?: Philosophy and the Meaning of Life
What's it All About?: Philosophy and the Meaning of Life
by Julian Baggini
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An invitation, 19 Dec 2006
Talking about big questions, searching for the meaning of life is no picnic. Of course, Baggini has not written this cute little book to actually provide THE answer - he is merely browsing through the options. He shortly discusses every very potential answer, leaving plenty of room for the personal thoughts and ideas of the reader. However, at certain points in this book, Baggini's evaluation remains a little to 'basic' - to my taste.

In other words, What's It All About is a nice read (in the train, on the beach), but mainly to give your mind some interesting ideas to philosophize about. If you read this book just to take notice of the many meanings people can find in their lives, chances are you'll be disappointed. On the other hand, if you use each chapter as a starting point for your own thoughts, you'll certainly appreciate this book.


Alexander the Great: The Hunt for a New Past
Alexander the Great: The Hunt for a New Past
by Paul Cartledge
Edition: Paperback

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive, 19 Dec 2006
Many books have been written about Alexander the Great, and I found it quite difficult to make a choice out of all these biographies. After all, they all deal with the same subject, and in which aspects the styles of their writers differ is often hard to determine from general information and reviews.

Fortunately, with this book I seemed to have picked a very adequate and interesting description of Alexander's life. Cartledge draws a vivid picture of an enigmatic figure whilst never ignoring historical uncertainties. He's not swept away by the romance of it all - although this book is certainly compelling at times - and lets the facts speak for themselves. Alexander's life is not discussed entirely chronologically, but logically nevertheless. Cartledge's writing doesn't require much clarification, but the list of dramatis personae and glossary may come in handy. The maps and pictures complete this impressive biography.


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