Hercule Poirot

Helpful votes received on reviews: 92% (58 of 63)
Location: London, England


Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,349,997 - Total Helpful Votes: 58 of 63
Nathaniel's Nutmeg: How One Man's Courage Changed &hellip by Giles Milton
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A revelation!, 11 July 2009
This book well exceeded my expectations. I thought I would be learning a bit about nutmeg and the islands where it grows, when in fact, I understood how colonialism and the British Empire began. Another fact suddenly hit me when reading this book: When I was a kid, I thought than marine explorers such as Magellan were setting up on their years long journey simply pushed by the desire to go where no (white) man has ever been, to discover and push themselves just like an Everest climber would do. Well, if you thought that too, think again. Most people in marine exploration were driven by trade and gain. A single cargo of spices and nutmeg brought back to London would repay the whole… Read more
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too short!, 22 Mar 2009
Nice introduction to Tesla, but really too short. If you want more bang for your bucks, I would advise "Wizard: Life and Times of Nikola Tesla". It is much more detailed and just as easy to read.
Grow Your Own Drugs: Fantastically Easy Recipes fo&hellip by James Wong
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
I believe most of us have bought this book following the excellent series on BBC. If you've been impressed as much as I was, you will probably enjoy this book. All the recipes of creams, tinctures and other remedies made during the program are clearly described, thus giving you a very helpful reminder if you did not have time to write them down.
I only give this book four stars because I got mildly irritated by the format. The producer and editor clearly thought pictures of the author James Wong would be better than step by step pictures of the processes involved, say, in making a cream with emulsifying wax. I do find James Wong charming, but after ten pictures of him lying down in the… Read more