Anthony K. Divey

Helpful votes received on reviews: 86% (54 of 63)
Location: Hertfordshire, UK



Top Reviewer Ranking: 149,959 - Total Helpful Votes: 54 of 63
Stonehenge: Exploring the Greatest Stone Age Myste&hellip by Mike Parker Pearson
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This is an excellent account of the building and meaning of Britain's most iconic prehistoric monument. Yet it is much more than just an account of the famous stones. Mike Parker Pearson places Stonehenge in a much wider context linking it not just to the local landscape but also to its wider role within Britain as a whole.

The meaning of the link between Stonehenge and other local sites is a topic Parker Pearson has been associated with for a while now and he summarises this story very well by describing excavations at Durrington Walls, along the River Avon and at the site now known as Bluestonehenge. Crediting his Madagascan colleague Ramilisonina at the beginning, Parker… Read more
Guns, Germs and Steel: A short history of everybod&hellip by Jared Diamond
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars History as Science, 22 July 2012
As a teenager 40-odd years ago I was captivated by Isaac Asimov's Foundation trilogy of SF books. A key concept in his story was the scientific, even mathematical, nature of history so that the past can be explained rationally and the future predicted accurately. Diamond's account of the history of human societies, and their relative dominance, wealth and influence reminded me very much of Asimov's fiction.

Except of course that this is factual. It's a fascinating read, tracing the development of societies in different parts of the world and explaining how some prospered whilst others faltered, some gained huge influence and others became oppressed. His key concern and… Read more
The Origin of Our Species by Chris Stringer
The Origin of Our Species by Chris Stringer
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I had read strong reviews of Stringer's latest work and the book itself doesn't disappoint. Previously I had enjoyed his 'Homo Britannicus', but this was even better. It delivers a detailed yet concise story of human evolution packing in both the recent findings whilst at the same time telling some of the 'back story' of developing views on evolution.

Stringer himself is closely associated with the 'Recent African Origins' model, but he shifts position slightly in the face of evidence of hybridisation between homo sapiens and both neanderthals and denisovans. The concluding chapters summarising the latest evidence are particularly useful.

As a non-scientist I found… Read more