F Henwood

"The bookworm that turned"
Kilve beach ... meet the ancestors.
Top Reviewer Ranking: 480
Helpful votes received on reviews: 90% (831 of 924)
Location: London
In My Own Words:
My name is Franco Henwood. I spend too much time reading, time that I could spend doing DIY or household chores or some otherwise productive activity. But I don't really care. I do not like to be pigeonholed. I am both the same and also totally different to everyone else. I am the patron saint of lost causes.

Science, history and current affairs. Breathing and staring into empty space.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 480 - Total Helpful Votes: 831 of 924
Defenders of the Truth: The Battle for Science in &hellip by Ullica Segerstrale
Back in 1975 a Harvard University biologist called E O Wilson published Sociobiology: the New Synthesis. Its last chapter posited that much of human behaviour may be influenced by genetics - perhaps more so than culture. Many left-leaning academics took offence and a twenty-five year academic spat broke out.

What this book does is to give an even-handed account of the sociobiology wars as it played out in both Britain and the United States from 1975 to the end of the 20th Century. The book is the product of 25 years research, based on close observation of the dispute as it ebbed and flowed, and meeting the principal protagonists of what she rightly describes as an `opera'… Read more
The First World War: A New History by Hew Strachan
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Cliché has it that hindsight gives us understanding. Is that really the case? If that is so, then why are historians still arguing about the causes of the First World War, and who should be blamed? Hindsight doesn't necessarily generate wisdom or understanding but it can give rise to arrogance: we assume that people who lived through an event of which we have no experience must have seen things the way we think we would have done. The First World War is no less prone to the arrogance of hindsight. It is a story of the flower of youth trampled down in the mud of Flanders, of budding poets' lives tragically cut short, of brass hats safely behind the lines callously ordering millions of… Read more
The War that Ended Peace: How Europe abandoned pea&hellip by Professor Margaret MacMillan
I recall studying the causes of the First World War at A-level. The experience was tedious, an anatomy lesson of various alliances, the relative number of dreadnoughts built by Germany and Great Britain, etc. etc. The whole thing seemed like a lesson in mechanics. It put me off coming back to the topic for years.

If only this book had been around when I was doing my A-level. It is a well written and well-structured and light enough to be holiday reading, but never superficial or glib. In over six hundred pages of text, my interest did not flag. The material is well organised, too. The first half of the book provides portraits of the key personalities of the time, and a portrayal… Read more

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