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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating look at a complex man, 10 Aug 2004
There were many sides to Michael Ventris. A modernist architect reluctantly obsessed with an ancient culture. A Communist who once made more in a lunch time on a shares deal than he was to make in the rest of the year in his day job. Respected by academics world-wide for his work on linear-B, yet he never completed a degree himself. This book provides a surprisingly clear look at the man, yet leaves enough gaps for the reader to be intrigued. You are likely to enjoy this book if you liked Simon Singh's The Code Book or Andrew Hodges The Enigma of Intelligence.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ideal starting point, 18 Aug 2008
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This book provides an ideal starting point for the interested layman who is fascinated by the subject matter and intrigued by the people who set about the Herculean task of deciphering Linear B.

Robinson openly admits that this book is not an attempt at an exhaustive biography of Ventris nor of his work; instead, it acts as a taster of a fascinating man and of the conflict between his architectural training and the expectations, both internal and external, associated with that and his obsession with ancient scripts, leading up to his untimely and mysterious death. Excellent value.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Theres not much literature on the English genius MV., 23 Feb 2014
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This review is from: The Man Who Deciphered Linear B: The Story of Michael Ventris (Paperback)
This is one book that you can read time and time again. If you're interesred in languages or decipherment, it's a must have.
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The Man Who Deciphered Linear B: The Story of Michael Ventris
The Man Who Deciphered Linear B: The Story of Michael Ventris by Andrew Robinson (Paperback - 20 Feb 2012)
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