Guns, Germs and Steel is one of my favourite books of all times, epic scope and vision... I think I've read about half a dozen of the books it referenced subsequently as it touched upon so many topics I wanted to dig into each of them e.g. the populating of Polynesia, the mega fauna of North America pre the arrival of humans, the books of Marvin Harris.Just started "Guns, Steel and Germs". I'm reading it at the same time as Rousseau's "Social Contract and Discourse" which is hard going for a pleb like me.
My copy finally arrived from the Library... intriguing so far, some lovely dialogue and narration e.g. arriving at a Mexican hotel room which "doubled as a temporary sauna".Osborne has been asked by the Raymond Chandler estate to write the next Philip Marlowe novel which is out this summer, so I look forward to that.
Anyone who enjoyed this book should get The Winter Soldier by Daniel Mason. Loved itJust finished All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr and I can't recommend highly enough. Superb book that I couldn't put down, one of those where you wish there were another couple of hundred pages. Winner of several prizes, including Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2015
Slight flaw in your theory is that Le Carre is a well known Remainer!A Perfect Spy by John le Carré - A 600 + page blockbuster and having completed one tenth of the book I have come to the opinion that this is one of the worst books I have ever taken to hand. The plot seems to be going nowhere. The actual volume of the book appears to be way beyond of what is necessary. The style of writing is pedantic at best. It was first published in 1986 and perhaps it is an insight into the thinking of Brits in Britain. So now, how could I have been surprised at their crazy vote for Brexit?