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Guns, Germs, and ...
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Hallucigenia Hallucigenia said: " Excellent explanation of why the western european culture managed to take over so much of the globe. "

 
God's Problem: Ho...
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Hallucigenia Hallucigenia said: " Ehrman explains the reason that he himself lost his faith. He was a fundamentalist christian who studied the bible in depth, even serving as a Pastor for a while. He is now an agnostic, although he still lectures in biblical studies.
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Hallucigenia Hallucigenia said: " I'm reading this between other books - it's interesting, but not so rivetting that it is a WOW! book, that has to be read whatever else is going on. Some interesting information, giving me some idea of the natural history of trees, and how trees are ...more "

 

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Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
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Excellent explanation of why the western european culture managed to take over so much of the globe.
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God's Problem by Bart D. Ehrman
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Ehrman explains the reason that he himself lost his faith. He was a fundamentalist christian who studied the bible in depth, even serving as a Pastor for a while. He is now an agnostic, although he still lectures in biblical studies.
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Jesus, Interrupted by Bart D. Ehrman
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The bible contradicts itself regularly, often within the same book.
Ehrman explains the contradictions, why some of them exist and why most people don't know about them.
I am a great fan of Ehrman, his explanations are clear, easily understood and sup
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Misquoting Jesus by Bart D. Ehrman
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Another very clear Bart Ehrman book. Easy to read, well researched and thorough. Not easily available in the UK in standard bookshops, which is a pity.
Ehrman explains how the earliest Christian scribes were amateurs, rather than professional scribes,
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Darwin by Michael  White
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A clear explanation of Darwin's Life, how he came to be on the Beagle, and some of the background issues that were relevant in Victorian times.
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The Amateur Boatwomen by Eily Gayford
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I've read other books by the women who were recruited to work on the narrowboats on the canals during the war. The women were mostly very 'posh', and those that survived had to put up with some very long hours and poor conditions. Eily 'Kit' Gayford ...more
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World Without End by Ken Follett
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Well, I read the whole thing. A bit a case of having started it I thought I should finish it.
Very predictable, and you could see the plot developments being set up well in advance.
Furthermore I was really quite angry with some of the nonsense that h
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The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
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I liked this - I found it difficult to put down, yes some bits were a bit predictable, but on the whole it kept my interest throughout
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Why Evolution Is True by Jerry A. Coyne
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I've read quite a lot of evolution books, so I was a bit worried that I might get the same examples and the same evidence again. Not at all. This is clear, easy to read, interesting (rivetting, even).
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The Secret Life of Trees by Colin Tudge
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I'm reading this between other books - it's interesting, but not so rivetting that it is a WOW! book, that has to be read whatever else is going on. Some interesting information, giving me some idea of the natural history of trees, and how trees are ...more
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