The History of the Human Brain as Revieled by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery
Author Sam Kean
Author Sam Kean does a wonderful job in this book weaving together human interest stories and historical accounts with complex neuroscience to educate the reader without ever being boring, unapproachable, or condescending. I love this approach to nonfiction writing. It is so much easier to retain the facts when they’re couched in entertaining tales of wild accidents and spontaneous personality changes.
If you enjoy human interest tales this book will be right up your alley. Instead of describing neurological impairments, every ailment is described through a personal story involving an actual person.
There were countless times during this book that I felt the urge to stop and tell someone what I had just learned. For instance, that a person with a specific brain abnormality can lose the ability to read but retain the ability to write. So I wouldn’t be able to read this book I’m reviewing but I could write this sentence, and then not be able to read it right after!
This book accomplishes what a good nonfiction book should. It is well researched and written by someone of authority. It is educational and entertaining. And it reads more like a fiction book than a text book.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who’s had a slump of nonfiction. They can be fun and this one is proof!
5/5 brains 🧠🧠🧠🧠🧠
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