Tag Archives: non-fiction

A gamble that paid off

A Gambling Man by Jenny Uglow My rating: 5 of 5 stars Charles II is, in many ways, both too easy and too difficult a subject for a biography. He is one of those great defining characters of the British … Continue reading

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The language of wit, not of hate

So This Is Depravity and Other Observations by Russell Baker My rating: 5 of 5 stars It was in the aftermath of the 2000 presidential election that I first, all unwitting, encountered the phenomenon of American political commentary in all … Continue reading

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A cautionary tale for multitaskers and workaholics everywhere

The Curious Life of Robert Hooke: The Man Who Measured London by Lisa Jardine My rating: 4 of 5 stars Professor Jardine does it again. She had a tougher task than with her equally scholarly biography of Wren (On a … Continue reading

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Engrossing science let down by poor history

The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, the Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World by Edward Dolnick My rating: 3 of 5 stars The year 1660 was a turning point in British political, cultural and intellectual life. The restoration … Continue reading

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