I will bet you thought I had given up on the whole reading thing. The truth is that while I have dallied at times, I have been reading; a lot in fact. I just got lazy on the write ups and decided to write all the reviews building up to the end of the year.
The first of such a cop-out is an epic tome called “A Short History of Nearly Everything,” by Bill Bryson. In the style of Big History, Bryson lays out the history of science and how we get to where we are telling the story in an elegant and tasteful way. However, in a divergence from the classic format, Bryson goes further to tell the history of the world from the Big Bang to modern man, but fills the story with the tales of the colorful men who made such discoveries and explains their experiments. The book is truly magical and enjoyable. I loved it, possibly more than any other book of the Big History Genre.
81 to go.