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The Quest: Energy, Security and the Remaking of th&hellip by Daniel Yergin
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading, 28 Sep 2011
Whether you agree with Yergin or not on "Peak Oil", this book is essential reading. The prose is nicely jargon free and an easy read especially for those with a bit of background knowledge of the energy industry. As long as you're aware of Yergin's orientation - which is basically pro oil company and anti "peak oil" - then there is a feast of information here. He even has good things to say about wind power, solar and energy efficiency - with nice summaries of how the renewables industry has developed over the last few decades (how does this benefit the oil companies??). In summary, an excellent update to "the Prize". I've given it 4 stars because it would have to be completely free of bias… Read more
The Origins of the British: A Genetic Detective St&hellip by Stephen Oppenheimer
34 of 44 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Expected better, 23 Nov 2006
I was hoping this would have been far more enjoyable than it was. I found the style too ponderous and academic for a popular science title. Pity, because the actual topic is fascinating, add the book does contain some real nuggets, but you have to be highly motivated to get through it. More relaxed readers may be better served by C. Stringer and B. Sykes.