Very informative , I learnt a lot from it. It's a little long though and he keeps talking about the back stories of the various researchers he encounters, that and the fact that some sections dragged on and on are the only drawbacks all in all very good. Worth a read
This a science book that reads like poetry and paced like a spy thriller, while being an absolute delight for a science-buff, a logophile, and a linguophile. How many times have I said that in my life? Never before. How many times have I thought such a book could exist? Never before.
This book, while dumbing down palentology, paleo archeology, and climate science into an easily digestible, and a thorougly enjoyable, never once insults the readers intelligence while never taking it for granted, and that balance is a tough one to achieve. While doing that, it never gets preachy or finger wagging.
It is a book that persuades rational thought, amazement, and wonder. Persuades being the operative world. The arguments, the facts, and the logical constructs behind each of those is well researched, immaculately worded, and excitingly presented.
Do you need background knowledge to read it? Very little. Does it make you think and wonder and want to know more? Certainly. Does it make you a better person? No Does it make you wiser? Yes Will it comprehensively alter the way you see things? Even if you do not want it to.