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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly engaging portrait of the ultimate Renaissance Man
I was never particularly interested in Leonardo da Vinci before reading this book. But within a few pages of starting it I was completely hooked. Michael White has the rare skill of making history come alive, and his portrayal of Leonardo and the major figures of the time really is engrossing. I find some of the other Amazon reviews alarmingly misleading. If you're an...
Published on 27 Aug. 2002 by DR DAVID N MICHIE

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3.0 out of 5 stars Little scientific detail, but a good biography
As someone who is more used to reading technical/scientific texts and user manuals this book was quite heavy going, not least because White has a habit of demonstrating his extensive vocabulary at every opportunity (at one point Leonardo's quote is easier to understand than White's explanation!).
Once you get past his choice of language, the book covers Leonardo's...
Published on 28 Mar. 2000


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2.0 out of 5 stars For Mr Everybody, 5 Mar. 2002
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This book is written to appeal to the broadest possible spectrum. It has no real academic authority, and includes very basic errors, White stating at one point that there was no such word as science in Rennaisance Italy, and two pages later offering up a quote from Leonardo that contains the word! He is also fond of starting sentences with words such as "Naturally..." whereas in any serious academic study there is no 'naturally', Whites assumptions should be backed up by fact, not couched in language designed to comfort the reader's preconceptions. The only real utility of such a work is to offer the 'who, what, where, and whens of Leondardos life. The rest reads like a film by James Ivory.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Worst read in quite some time, 10 Jan. 2005
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This book is definitely in the running for the "Worst Book Ever" nomination. It neither stands up as biography nor as good science writing. The author frequently reverts to supposition and conjecture where there is little or non-existent documentary evidence. Speculation and over-active imagination seemed to have played a major role in compiling the material for this book, rather than documented and reported fact or use of reliable sources. Extensive use of a thesaurus doesn't compensate for what a good editor should have chopped down to a short essay, preferrably for circulation only amongst Mr.Whites closest acquaintances.
An otherwise nice day at the beach ruined!!!
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