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Neanderthals, Bandits and Farmers. How Agriculture&hellip by Colin Tudge
4.0 out of 5 stars Food for Thought, 17 Sep 2014
This is one of a series of very short – I would guess of approximately 15,000 words each – books produced in the late 1990’s under the group title of Darwinism Today.
I had previously read and enjoyed the author’s The Day Before Yesterday: Five Million Years of Human History (also published as The Time Before History: 5 Million Years of Human Impact).
In this work, subtitled How Agriculture Really Began, Tudge deals with the evolution of agriculture in its various forms (horticulture, arable farming and animal husbandry). He also explains how Australian aborigines managed the land by “firestick farming”.
One of the ideas that he posits is the humans “did not invent… Read more
Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong by David Walsh
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Cancer of the Spirit, 28 Aug 2014
Perhaps more than any other journalist David Walsh pursued the investigation to uncover evidence that Lance Armstrong was cheating by taking illegal performance-enhancing drugs.
Before his cancer treatment Armstrong had competed in the Tour de France four times, finishing 36th once and withdrawing the other three times. When he came back from his treatment to lead it in 1999 – in the first of an unparalleled seven successive wins of the Tour - supposedly drug-free Walsh regarded this as “all about as logical as the Tour being led by a lobster on a bike. A lobster complete with helmet and a moving backstory about a last-minute escape from a pot of boiling water.”
Such a view… Read more
A History of the World by Andrew Marr
A History of the World by Andrew Marr
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This is the book of an eight one hour BBC series written and presented by a senior political journalist. He is a not a historian and, quite frankly, it shows. Mr Marr has presented other mini-series dealing with more recent British history which I have enjoyed but I believe that in this work he has over-reached himself.
In covering such a vast subject I would hope the presenter would cover the important topics e.g. the birth of agriculture, the Industrial Revolution, the main religions, the advances in science and technology, exploration, political thought, etc. rather than the story of this or that king or queen. At the same time a geographical and civilizational balance should be… Read more