For the last several books (excepting a little bit of fiction) I’ve have been reading either history or science or both and Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything is certainly no exception. A fun look at natural history and explained in a very clear manner, Short History was certainly a good read, even if I had just covered a lot of the material in Making of the Atomic Bomb and Krakatoa. Bryson is adept at presenting concepts in an easy to grasp manner and in tying together a lot of history in scientific exploration into one cohesive tome. The book occasionally would get off track but always with a reason to explain some small piece or to illustrate a point. There were very many opportunities for Bryson to get lost in the woods and he managed to keep it together. I really don’t have more more to say about Short History other than if you don’t mind talk of science and some history it’s a good read, just make sure you separate it by a good bit from other natural and science history books so you don’t get bored.