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3.0 out of 5 stars
Good but over-long and over-rated, 3 Mar. 2013
For all the glowing reviews this book has received, I expected something quite special. But the style is painfully long-winded and the science curiously patchy on this most important of subjects. The book is fairly typical of the current vogue of north American "blockbuster" scientific narrative - full of historical detail that gives the impression of genuine scholarship but which turns out on closer examination to be sometimes rather superficial and in places erroneous. For all its faults, however, there is quite a lot that can be learnt from it and for this it is to be commended. It's just a pity that it could have been so much better with a bit of well-informed editing.