The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Stephen Brusatte

The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

"THE ULTIMATE DINOSAUR BIOGRAPHY," hails Scientific American: A sweeping and revelatory new history of the age of dinosaurs, from one of our finest young scientists."This is scientific storytelling at its most visceral, striding with the beasts through their Triassic dawn, Jurassic dominance, and abrupt demise in the Cretaceous." — NatureThe dinosaurs. Sixty-six million years ago, the Earth’s most fearsome creatures vanished. Today they rem...

Details The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

TitleThe Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs
Release DateApr 24th, 2018
PublisherWilliam Morrow
GenreNonfiction, Science, History, Animals, Environment, Nature, Geology, Palaeontology, Dinosaurs

Reviews The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

  • Will Byrnes
    Image from the Smithsonian Hope A Tyrannosaurus Rex is a thing with feathers. ----- Emily Dickinson Steve Brusatte Wait, what? You’re kidding, right? Say it ain’t so. Well, there is some disagreement about this among paleontologists, but, according to Steve Brusatte, while they may not have matched up to Marc Bolan in a boa, and the feathers in question were maybe more like porcupine quills than the fluffy sort of plumage one might find on, ...
  • Jaya
    Dinosaurs!For me that word is enough to at least flip through the pages of a book. Brusatte's work can be easily considered as a layman's guide to dinosaurs. Really enjoyed the almost casual and anecdotal narrative by the author, made me feel less dumb for not knowing anything "scientific" about the species. Quite remarkable how fast I finished reading this one, considering that I take lot more time reading non-fics. It was definitely a hard-to-p...
  • Emily
    Another ambivalent three stars for a book that has two strands of highly varying success in my opinion.The good part of the book is the clear and vivid writing about dinosaurs. I particularly liked learning new things about dinosaur-like creatures that lived among them but happen to fall outside the classification, and reasons why dinosaurs could evolve to be absolutely gigantic (those big sauropods) or fly. I liked reading about the nomenclature...
  • Melissa Stewart
    It’s not easy to put scientists’ current understanding of the whole dinosaur world into perspective, but this book accomplishes that feat beautifully. The narrative writing style is so friendly and accessible that readers can sit back and enjoy the ride as Brusatte takes us on a captivating chronological tour of the Mesozoic—the Age of Reptiles—beginning about 250 million years ago and ending 66 million years ago with the famous asteroid ...
  • Radiantflux
    48th book for 2018.My three-year-old daughter loves dinosaurs. So I have gradually trying upgrade my pretty antiquated knowledge by reading a few books. This is by far the best general introduction I have come across, and confirms by belief that working scientists (if they can write) make for far superior authors of popular science books than journalists. Brusatte offers a fascinating paleo-history of the reign of the dinosaurs, from their beginn...
  • Amy Wood
    If you're in the market for an expertly written but approachable guide to all things dinosaurs, this is your book. Author and paleontologist Steve Brusatte has written a scientific narrative that effectively spans the entire career of the dinosaurs on this planet, and he makes this story both understandable and legitimately exciting for all non-paleontologist readers. What's more, he paints a vivid and extremely entertaining picture of the blood,...
  • GoldGato
    Those darn dinosaurs.If things had unfolded a little differently back then, who knows what the modern world would be like? It's like wondering what might have happened if the archduke was never shot.The whole these-were-the-coolest-beings-that-ever-roamed-the-earth moniker has always made me a dino fan. The amazing variations of these huge oddballs have always been intriguing and this book does its best to piece everything together. Which is a ve...
  • Jake
    What I knew about dinosaurs when I was a dinosaur-obsessed child, based on books written in the 80s and early 90s:-Dinosaurs weren't lumbering beasts, they were intelligent animals who cared for their young, and may have been warm blooded.-Birds may have evolved from dinosaurs.-The biggest dinosaurs were Brachiosaurus or Diplodocus, depending on how you measure 'em.-Dinosaurs may have been covered in scales, fur, or even feathers. Some dinos were...
  • Andrew Rosen
    I just read this book. I cannot recommend it enough. It is a well written, well researched, enjoyable book. It ties personal stories of fieldwork and his scientist friends with a factual, scientific, complete story of dinosaurs. His discussions on evolution are clear and to the point. Dr. Brusatte explains what is known and what is still unknown in the world of dinosaurs. I think scientists would enjoy this book, and I know the lay person will be...
  • Kaushik Thanugonda
    I've never read a book this long faster than this. This book really is a triumph. I have been obsessed with dinosaurs since I was 10 and this book came at a time where I was beginning to rekindle that interest. The author has breathed life into a world that is still outdated in many people's minds - dinosaurs are seen as large scaly monsters that were evolutionary deadends. This couldn't be more false - dinosaurs are among the most successful ani...
  • James Whitmore
    I found this a highly-readable and informative account of the latest developments in dinosaur science. I was a massive dinosaur nerd as a kid and read a brilliant weekly dinosaur magazine for several years, but I haven't followed dinosaur developments since about 2000. This book brought me up to date with admirable clarity and brevity. It essentially retells the natural history of the dinosaurs from their evolution to (partial) extinction. While ...
  • Lindsey
    I was a dinosaur kid. I memorized the names of my favorite dinosaurs and one of my favorite books was Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Reptiles, a Giant Golden Book first published in the 1960s.There is a wealth of information in this book! It never read like an academic text, though. This is pure pop science and narrative nonfiction, baby. Stephen Brusatte knows his stuff, and he clearly has a passion for dinosaurs. I liked hearing him discuss hi...
  • Clio
    Holy moly this is one of the coolest books I've ever read. I'm definitely more of a rocks person than a dinosaur person but maaaan I love rocks so much and now I want to go out digging for fossils every time I drive around Nashville and see those beautiful shattery cliffs. Brusatte is cool and matter of fact and excited all sort of together somehow. He's a really engaging writer and he has always been a dinosaur fanboy and a dinosaur hunter fanbo...
  • Lillian
    Dinosaurs, those magical, awesome beings who populated the earth long before man. Where did they come from? How and where did they flourish and what ultimately happened to them?Part memoir, part mystery, mostly history and science and all of it fascinating. Brusatte outlines the confluence of events in the universe that conspired in the evolution of dinosaurs. He vividly describes their life on the planet and how they behaved. He gives us an unde...
  • James Lancaster
    There's only two reasons I buy hardbacks.1. It's only £3 at a charity shop2. My kids will destroy paperbacks.The reason i bring this up is because i bought this in hardback because I dont have a good, brief introduction to the history and ecology of the Dinosaurs. The best book besides this is Scott Sampson's Dinosaur Odyssey, which is excellent, it's by far my favourite Dinosaur book. But Rise and Fall is a different animal, it's accessible to ...
  • Sarah
    Hard to put down! Reignited my dreams of going out to the middle of nowhere, squatting in the dirt, and digging bones. Steve makes prehistory accessible. He does an excellent job of subtly raising profound thoughts and questions about our history and where we are headed while delivering a solid history of the evolution of dinosaurs and their eventual death, a history that is like looking into a pond and seeing your reflection in the lives underne...
  • Susan Paxton
    Brusatte has written an excellent look at the current state of dinosaur science and how we've gotten there, putting himself in the story where his own experiences and discoveries warrant it; the notes will lead you to the original papers and articles if you want to follow up some of the topics. I share Brusatte's disbelief, incidentally, that no one has yet written a biography of Franz Nopsca.
  • Elizabeth
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It both fascinated and educated me, and had enough storytelling woven into the facts to keep me riveted. If you are a fan of dinosaurs, science, history, scientists, geology, and - Of course - paleontology, you'll find this to be a worthwhile read.
  • Shelby
    Easily one of the best and most up to date books with the newest info available. it's refreshing to have more information than the same old stuff circulating. now if we could get an updated dino documentary on tv...
  • Tara May
    The secrets of the earth are buried beneath your feet. Here is an account of the people who dig them up, and a phenomenal history of what they found.
  • Frank Perry
    The BEST dinosaur biography since Bakker's the Dinosaur Heresies. A must-own.
  • Kenrick
    All-around excellent piece of scientific storytelling that lays out a high-level view of the latest in dinosaurs evolution and biology in clear, engaging prose. Strong recommend.
  • Richard Worden
    Very informative, well written, and an enjoyable read.
  • Northumberland
    A sweeping and revelatory new history of the age of dinosaurs, from one of our finest young scientists. "THE ULTIMATE DINOSAUR BIOGRAPHY." — Scientific American
  • Stephen Yoder
    I enjoyed the smack out of this book. I, along with so many other kids, read all sorts of books about dinosaurs. Now this book has come along--a dino book for adults! (Wait--that sounds slightly saucy. I don't recall that Brusatte gets into the sex lives of dinosaurs. Those details may not arise until more adult paleontological science has occurred.)Brusatte is a great verbal painter. He paints people, rocks, and dinosaurs quite well. I'm going t...
  • Heath
    The first book about dinosaurs I've read as an adult, and it made me feel like a kid again. I've always avoided books like this because when they get super science-y, it tends to just go right over my head. But this one was totally accessible, engaging, and, quite often, thrilling.
  • Steve
    Science writing at its bestI loved this book. It is well written and I found it hard to put down. Author Steve Brusatte weaves a fast-moving story that reads more like a novel than non-fiction. Not only does he clearly and in conversational terms discuss dinosaurs, he also liberally includes personal anecdotes and humor to explain how we know what we know. I strongly recommend this book for anyone interested in science.Disclosure: I received a co...
  • Dan
    Curious to learn of developments in paleontology since I went through my dinosaur phase as a child (just about when the original Jurassic Park was released), I breezed through Brusatte's The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs in less than a week. It was both incredibly informative and accessible. I greatly appreciated the narrative of dinosaur evolution through the Mesozoic, providing a geographical, chronological, and ecological context which is rar...
  • Kat
    So often, books about dinosaurs fall into one of two categories: technical books written for readers with advanced knowledge of the subject, or books for children. The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs falls into neither of these categories, but is instead a brilliant piece of narrative nonfiction written for the curious reader who doesn’t have a PhD in paleontology. That is not to say that the book is simple, but to say that Steve Brusatte has an...
  • Katie Whitt
    So I've been trying to read more Non-Fiction this year and it hasn't been going great, since NF is very hit or miss for me. When I was a kid I used to read NF all the time, it was just mainly about either dinosaurs or animals, by twin passions, so I decided to try reading about the former to see if that could break me out of my slump and hallelujah it worked! It didn't hurt that this particular book was well written, and had compelling research b...