Fantastic book. John Snow was absolutely an amazing man — finding a theory, using statistics to prove it, convincing the government to act, then helping rid the modern world of one of the most deadly diseases — awesome. Steven Johnson does a great job of telling this story, with a bit of history, a bit of back story, a bit of science and great pacing. Worth a read.
14 October 2012
Very interesting and the parallels to our modern day internet are astounding. I felt that Standage didn’t need to point out so many of these similarities as they will not date well; however, you can clearly see how the telegraph changed the world and how the internet is doing the same. At the same time, you see how people are people — scheming, loving, misunderstanding, etc…
10 October 2012
I loved this book. I love the understated sense of humour, the irony, the characters. I laughed out loud page after page. It is impossible and fun, highly recommended.
28 September 2012
Well, you don’t win the Pulitzer by mistake. This book was pretty amazing. There was a lot of Spanish (my wife claims most of it was filthy) and a lot of sci-fi references. But it was great.
I think the end was the only flaw… a bit to much effort on Oscars side to explain the fuku… and too many loose ends to tie up, but still, really well done. I definitely recommend it.
10 September 2012
I can’t recall my previous reviews, but this was everything I love and hate about Martin. Love the characters and atmosphere, but he utterly fails to follow a plot, understand how to make people love a hero or underdog, resolve conflicts. And, he kills off one of the last heroes left at the end… so, I guess I say… ‘fuck you George’ and I will NOT BE READING ANOTHER WORD FROM THIS MAN.
7 September 2012
Thought provoking, well researched, hopefully transformative, this book tries to set the record straight on what the ‘new’ world was live before and shortly after the ‘old’ world arrived. I learned much. If there was a flaw, the book didn’t spend enough time explaining what happened after 1491. Luckily there is a second book, 1493 to explain all.
15 August 2012
Loved this book… Angela read it and passed it over… when she does this, I know it is good. It was funny, uplifting and interesting. I don’t know why I hadn’t heard of it, but I recommend it.
15 May 2012
Clearly starting to loose the plot … get it? There is no arc… no plan, great characters that you can only kill off at their peak of power and interest.
21 March 2012
Great characters that have nothing to do with the other books. No plot movement in years… KEEP AWAY!
21 March 2012
14 March 2012