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The Nobel Prize: A History of Genius, Controversy and Prestige

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Founded 100 years ago by the inventor of dynamite, the Nobel Prize is the world's most celebrated and controversial honor. It grants its winners instant celebrity and acclaim for "service to mankind", despite accusations that it is too trendy, arbitrary, and narrow-minded. In examining both its fame and notoriety, Burton Feldman opens up the Nobel institution and process: ...more
Paperback, 489 pages
Published October 3rd 2001 by Arcade Publishing (first published November 1st 2000)
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Nazmi Yaakub
Buku The Noble Prize: A History of Genius, Controversy, and Prestige karya Burton Feldman hanya mengesahkan premis bahawa penilaian dan penobatan Hadiah Nobel khususnya dalam kesusasteraan tidaklah `murni' sastera.

Feldman menulis, membaca senarai penerima Nobel sepanjang abad memberikan pengalaman yang mencurigakan: seseorang akan lebih terfikir mengenai nama yang tiada berbanding pemenangnya.

Bayangkan sasterawan besar dunia seperti Leo Tolstoy yang memberikan karya agung seperti War and P
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Zulugoat
May 16, 2022 rated it did not like it
Shelves: could-not-finish
It starts off reasonably well, but then in Chapter 3, author tries to discredit the literature Nobel Prize.
What follows is a series of arguments so weak, contradictory and pointless that it became impossible to continue to submit my ears to the torture and I had to stop the audible version of this book at that point. As an aside, it also became clear why the audible version of this book was available for free.
John Mace
Dec 08, 2021 rated it liked it
Wanted more stories like that of the Curies instead of just lists.
Nate
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Good analysis, if an outdated one, of the prizes and the history of the disciplines. Obvious author cared and knew more about science prizes which is okay. Very interesting
Nicholas Whyte
http://nhw.livejournal.com/894360.html[return][return]A good book, and I wasn't especially surprised to find that Feldman is a scholar in the history of ideas. He gives an interesting introduction, first to the life and times of Alfred Nobel himself (whose elder brothers opened up the oil industry in Baku, now the capital of Azerbaijan; Alfred invented dynamite) and then to the machinations around the establishment of the prize which would have come to naught had the Swedish government not decid ...more
Socraticgadfly
Nov 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Burton Feldman does a solid job of overviewing the entire first century of the Nobel Prizes. (He's not perfect; per one negative reviewer, his grasp of Polish literature appears pretty shaky.) But, it is quite solid, if not encyclopedic (contra people who thought that's what this book was supposed to be).

The politics, and the evolution of some of the prizes, are a major part of the story.

Feldman is very good at describing the Peace Prize becoming more awarded for social justice within one countr
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Jimmy Jones
May 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
The book covers the first 100 years of the Nobel Prizes. A most interesting analysis of the history of the various prizes. Lots of whys and why nots as to the prize laureates. Got lost at times in the details of physics, chemistry, and medicine. Lots of facts and insights. The book was published in 2000; it would be interesting to do some follow-up reading on recent years. It would be interesting to get another perspective on the Nobel Prizes.
Robin
Dec 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: borrowed, abandoned
A lot more emphasis on the science prizes as the author is a scientist. Frequent typos as well as unnecessary commentary. Long-winded in general, couldn't keep my interest. Unfortunately it brags about being the only comprehensive history on the Nobel prize so there are few options out there for those who wish to learn about it. I'd recommend Wikipedia. ...more
Mosselyn
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
As an audiobook, this was pretty dull, largely because there were long lists of historical awards. If I was reading a physcial book, I could have skimmed or skipped over them, but listening in my car made me a captive audience. They other problem I had was that a significant portion of the book was given over to the Physics prize, and I am not a big fan of the subject.
Kirk Morrison
Jan 22, 2012 rated it liked it
If, like me, you're no egghead a history of the Nobel Prizes might seem a bit dull. However this book shows how compelling and controversial the decisions can be and the intrigue involved. You also get a good overview of the who? and why? of the world's best minds over this period. Recommended. ...more
Ann
Oct 26, 2007 rated it liked it
It was interesting but a bit dense. Scientific theory is rather hard to understand, but the book does an adequate job of trying to explain it in scientific terms. Despite that, the literature and peace chapters are the easiest to read.
Joelle
With just the right amount of snark and wit to keep this from becoming a scholarly tome, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Kevin Orrman-Rossiter
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Jabir Mohd
Oct 07, 2010 is currently reading it
It's good to know how Nobel Prize make a 'fuss' to the world and science today..haha ...more
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