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The Story of Earth: The First 4.5 Billion Years, from Stardust to Living Planet

by Robert M. Hazen

New York: Viking Adult, 2012. 320 pages.

Reviewer Joseph G Meert was “delighted to see that Hazen’s book turns the standard treatment of Earth history upside down by devoting an almost proportional treatment of space to the Precambrian (90% of the book) and the Phanerozoic (10% of the book).” Also distinctive in the book is Hazen’s emphasis on mineral evolution: “the complexity of mineral species on the Earth is a function of the interplay among life, environment, and chemistry.” Meert concludes, “If you are at all interested in deep time, this book will capture and hold your attention from cover to cover.”