Jared Diamond’s “Upheaval” – book review

What better time to read Jared Diamond’s Upheaval? After all, the world is having a crisis of some sort at the moment. Sadly, the book doesn’t lay out a ten-step-plan to get ourselves out of the COVID-19 crisis, as it was published in 2019, a world away from what is actually going on now. Still. Jared Diamond’s Upheaval is a case study of 7 nations … Continue reading Jared Diamond’s “Upheaval” – book review

John Guy’s “Mary Queen of Scots” – book review

I picked up this copy of  John Guy’s “Mary Queen of Scots” at Sainsbury’s for 4 pounds, with a film tie-in cover, and I do not regret it. The book was published originally as “My Heart is My Own” and won the Whitbread Biography Award in 2004. I had read David Starkey’s biography of the young Elizabeth when I was in my early teens, but … Continue reading John Guy’s “Mary Queen of Scots” – book review

Yuval Noah Harari’s “Sapiens” – Book Review

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind is definitely not a work of history. If you want a short outline of events that leads up to now, you are in the wrong place. Yuval Noah Harari is much more interested in the history of ideas that made humans what they are. That said, his narratives, though they may be based on fact ( I use the … Continue reading Yuval Noah Harari’s “Sapiens” – Book Review