A Short History of Nearly Everything: Special Illustrated Edition - Bill Bryson

A Short History of Nearly Everything: Special Illustrated Edition

By Bill Bryson

  • Release Date: 2010-10-05
  • Genre: World
4 Score: 4 (From 247 Ratings)


One of the world’s most beloved writers and bestselling author of One Summer takes his ultimate journey—into the most intriguing and intractable questions that science seeks to answer.

In A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson trekked the Appalachian Trail—well, most of it. In A Sunburned Country, he confronted some of the most lethal wildlife Australia has to offer. Now, in his biggest book, he confronts his greatest challenge: to understand—and, if possible, answer—the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves. Taking as territory everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, Bryson seeks to understand how we got from there being nothing at all to there being us. To that end, he has attached himself to a host of the world’s most advanced (and often obsessed) archaeologists, anthropologists, and mathematicians, travelling to their offices, laboratories, and field camps. He has read (or tried to read) their books, pestered them with questions, apprenticed himself to their powerful minds. A Short History of Nearly Everything is the record of this quest, and it is a sometimes profound, sometimes funny, and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge, as only Bill Bryson can render it. Science has never been more involving or entertaining.


  • A *must* read

    By terekus
    A brilliantly written page-turner, this book disambiguates so much of the world around us it deserves to be on every school's curriculum.
  • A Thorough Yet Brief Compendium of Natural History

    By Alex Banuelos
    I'm incredulous of the amount of research Bryson put into this book. He really took the time to go above and beyond toward realms of thought and inquiry far outreaching his scope as an author. I can't help but appreciate the immensity of this work. I encourage anybody of a high school reading level to give this book a chance. The beginning is breathtakingly illustrative of concepts otherwise unimaginable to the average Joe, and what's more, Bryson's language does little to obstruct or obscure the big picture. So much literature of this nature is dismissed on account of lofty diction and esoteric jargon, but this particular book is a breath of fresh air for anybody with even a subtle interest in science and natural history wanting to better understand it all. All that keeps this book from a five-star rating are the brief periods of dry material which prove necessary in compiling a vast summary of time so succinctly. It's a picky critique and easily overlooked.
  • Mind Boggling

    By NickWhyDoINeedAName
    Absolutely amazing book, portraying the full scope of our amazing world. Thank you Bill Bryson for taking me on that journey and for including your usual insights and humor.
  • Wonderful!

    By WannabeAShotCalla
    This book is amazing! It's so entertaining and informative. The writing was powerful enough to change the way I look at the world. One of my favorites!
  • Yet another terrific book from Bill Bryson

    By Mou101
    As I've gotten older, I've become more interested in nonfiction, and this book was a great reintroduction to science for me. Of course, Bryson's wit makes it all the more palatable.
  • Not Worth It

    By jimjamontoast
    Save yourself a couple bucks and buy the regular edition of this book. The illustrations are really just google search worthy, and frankly just take away from the writing. Some of the illustrations were cartoons from the newspaper vaguely referencing the subject, and others are low resolution pictures of nebula and other spacy things (clearly I'm no expert). Overall not worth it, though the regular text is brilliant. I love it.
  • Great book!

    By Yeppers d
    I own the hardcover and have read it around 6 times, cover to cover. Great book and easy to read on
  • A Treasure

    By YCHIJ3K
    This is the sort of book you can read over and over again. I just read it for the second time and I'm looking forward to reading it out loud to my kids when they're old enough to appreciate Bryson's passion and wit.
  • Wilson Tapiero

    By 72Wil
    A great book for the scientific curious mind. A wonderful verbal picture of how our Universe works..
  • Incredible book!

    By tswiers
    I own this book in hardcover and I love it! It is one of my favorite books ever! He is such a talented writer and it's amazing the depth and knowledge he writes with. The illustrated version is the way to go!