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D-Day: The Battle for Normandy by Antony Beevor
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
As much as it feels like a cliche, D-Day is all of these things. It may not 'add' to the history, but it takes you, the reader, right there. This is narrative at its finest. It is "The Longest Day" in 3-D. Beevor is able to recreate a world which we thought was familiar, or known to us all, and make it even more alive in our imagination. He gives life to the players on the stage, describes the scenes in all their horrific detail, describes the drama of leadership and fear of the individuals. It is an entertaining, lively, great book - something you want to read, not to learn necessarily, but to be transported, from the safety of your armchair, to a world both alien and familiar,… Read more
The Age of Entanglement: When Quantum Physics Was &hellip by Louisa Gilder
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Clearly this is not a book for the faint-hearted. The concepts which Louisa Gilder so effortlessly navigates are extremely perplexing to many of us. And yet she makes us feel clever for following the plot. I had never really understood the idea of a "thought experiment" until I read this, and yet now it makes perfect sense. Having seen and loved plays like Tom Stoppard's Arcadia, or Michael Frayn's Copenhagen, this story fitted right in with my gradual comprehension of this seemingly arcane corner of science - the domain of rocket scientists or simply science fiction. It is gripping, amusing and surprising. Many of the stories of the geniuses described are very endearing in their… Read more
Quicksilver: The Baroque Cycle (Baroque Cycle 1) by Neal Stephenson
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book, and the whole Baroque Cycle, absolutely exemplifies why it takes someone who understands narrative, context, stunning visual depictions of strange worlds and unfamiliar times to create stunning history. Neal Stephenson carried me through all his science fiction tales with a completely realised idea of the entire stage of his creations. In Quicksilver, and the rest of the trilogy, he has effortlessly recreated a shocking, exciting, brutal and enchanting world of limitless imagination. The combination of fascinating science, derring-do, political intrigue and great warriors pulls you into to truly three-dimensional world. The characters are all fully formed, both the imaginary… Read more