- Author Bill Bryson
423 pages brimming with facts and information, enough to make your head explode. Basically detailing the rise of the planet, from the nothingness of space, to the full of life, human-dwelling orb that it is today.
There are a lot of people throughout history detailed in this book but my favourite are the crazy scientists, one who likes to taste a little of each chemical he experiments with and is so found dead at his desk. Another, who discovered something immensely important to the world as we know it, and then kept it secret for a decade.
It’s written in a very people friendly way, each sentence is understandable and fun to read. But after about six chapters, your brain is spinning with facts and details. Not good bedtime reading.
I think the first half, about the planet forming and what makes it what it is today is slightly more interesting than how the humans took over the planet, but all in all - a majorly important book.