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A Really Short History of Nearly Everything Hardcover – Oct 28 2008


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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Canada (Oct. 28 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385666861
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385666862
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 1.9 x 28.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #37,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Brims with strange and amazing facts . . . destined to become a modern classic of science writing.”
-The New York Times

About the Author

Bill Bryson’s bestselling books include A Walk in the Woods, In a Sunburned Country, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, and A Short History of Nearly Everything, which won him the 2004 Aventis Prize. He lives in England with his wife and children.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pierre Gauthier TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 29 2009
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I had not realized that this book was destined at a young public when I bought it.

I found it enthralling nonetheless since it presents an outstanding synthesis of up to date information about our universe. Its short length makes it very easy to read and allows the reader to link individual topics with others.

Very pedagogically, a summary is included at the end of each chapter.

Throughout, colour illustrations liven up the text (though some of course are a bit juvenile).

Personally, I consider that the bearded author's cartoon portrait appearing on each summary page is a bit narcissist on his part but that is a minor bother and others may think it humanizes the work.

More importantly, greater care should have been taken in reviewing the book. There are quite a few cases of contradicting data from one page to another. For instance, the word «million» is omitted in the summary for chapter two and the earth's age is stated as 4,550 years!

Nevertheless, this is a highly recommended book . . . and not only for children and teenagers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By the reviewinator on Feb. 11 2009
Format: Hardcover
I read the long version. My wife and I are big fans of Bill Bryson. My son who is 13 found the adult version too advanced so I ordered this one. It's a beautiful metallic silver hardcover with lots of illustrations - perfect for tweens and teens.
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By John T C on Jan. 26 2014
Format: Hardcover
A Short History of Nearly Everything is an enlightening, educational, entertaining, and easy to read book for readers who have a natural curiosity about life. Coming from reading Disciples of Fortune, which is a book from a different culture that exposes and answers questions in a hilarious way, this book came as a further boost and made me feel like I was involved in the telling and listening of the story.
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I was so pleased to find a "junior" version of this book. It's just as informative as the Short History, but accessible to a younger crowd. You'll have to read it to the really little ones, but they'll enjoy it nonetheless.
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Really interesting for any age.
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