Made in America

I've been reading (listening) to Bill Bryson's "Made in America." This is the second Bryson book I've read (listened to). Previously I read Bryson's "A Short History of Nearly Everything," which I thoroughly enjoyed even though I have read some claims his accuracy borders on dubious on some of the topics he covers. I think it's more likely that many experts in the fields of science he covers likely find his catechumen understanding and summary of their fields a tad caustic. I can understand where they're coming from. Take this screen shot Steve sent me the other day.


I guess this is from some television show titled "Jericho."(?) That’s a fancy IP. Anyway, I thought it was lots of fun and informative, at least with respect to the personalities that have shaped science. Also, it was amazing to me to learn how little we really know and how short a time it's been that we've known it. I guess I never thought about why the salt levels in the ocean are not rising to the point that they cannot sustain life.

"Made in America" is a cursory look at the etymology of American English and U.S. history. I'm about 80% of the way through the book. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in etymology, I am very much so, or is into history (ditto). Keep in mind this is not an in-depth look at the etymology of America's English, but provides more of a sprinkling throughout. Bryson is informative, jocular (a word he uses frequently), and clever in relating this (brief and mostly culturally focused) history of the United States. As usual with Bryson, it's a really fun read. I do, however, think "A Short History of Nearly Everything" was a better book; so, if you’re going to pick up a Bryson book for the first time, start there..