Tag Archives: Simon Winchester

Book Review: Outposts

Outposts:  Journeys To The Surviving Relics Of The British Empire I read this book previously under another name [1], and I have to say this book is at least mildly worth reading twice.  Admittedly, this book is not identical to … Continue reading

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Book Review: Pacific

Pacific:  Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World’s Superpowers, by Simon Winchester This book really bothered me.  It is not a worthless piece of junk, but it … Continue reading

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Book Review: Atlantic

Atlantic:  Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, And A Vast Ocean Of A Million Stories, by Simon Winchester In general, this was an enjoyable book to read.  One can get a sense for an author’s preoccupations when one reads … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Fracture Zone

The Fracture Zone:  A Return To The Balkans, by Simon Winchester Not often does one get a second chance to better understand an area where one had previously visited, although admittedly it happens more often for writers and journalists perhaps … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Men Who United The States

The Men Who United The States:  America’s Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics, And Mavericks, And The Creation Of One Nation, Indivisible, by Simon Winchester This book is odd for a variety of reasons.  For one, it is written by a naturalized Brit … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Perfectionists

The Perfectionists:  How Precision Engineers Created The Modern World, by Simon Winchester I must admit that when I started reading this book I was not very familiar with what the author meant about precision engineering.  To be sure, it is … Continue reading

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Book Review: Skulls

Skulls:  An Exploration Of Alan Dudley’s Curious Collection, by Simon Winchester, photography by Nick Mann This book’s title is right about one thing, and that is that Alan Dudley’s collection of skulls is definitely curious.  Whether or not that is … Continue reading

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Book Review: Krakatoa

Krakatoa:  The Day The World Exploded:  August 27, 1883, by Simon Winchester This is a deeply interesting book, but at its heart there is something quite uncharitable about it on several different levels.  For one, the author makes quite a … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Map That Changed The World

The Map That Changed The World:  William Smith And The Birth Of Modern Geology, by Simon Winchester I didn’t like this book as much as I could have had the author approached the subject differently.  As someone who reads a … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Man Who Loved China

The Man Who Loved China:  The Fantastic Story Of An Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked The Mysteries Of The Middle Kingdom, by Simon Winchester If you are of the belief that Joseph Needham, the man at the center of this deeply … Continue reading

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