A gem of a book.
A painstaking and lively investigation ... there are remarkable scholarly insights to admire ... brilliant.
A serious book, but rarely a heavy one: in a sprightly, good-humoured way, Finkel communicates the thrill of true scholarship...it feels fresh and exciting here.
Delightful...a digressive, amusing personal book for the general reader, a book that is willing to ask big questions.
Engaging and informative . . . Finkel is an enthusiast and shows evident delight in bringing this find to the wider public.
Exudes the enthusiasm of an expert deeply absorbed in his subject.
Finkel is a master at deciphering these ancient cuneiform clay tablets, but this book is far more than a fine piece of detective work: it is a humane work of scholarship that enlarges the soul.
Finkel's account is wryly and entertainingly told.
One of the most important human documents ever discovered... his conclusions will send ripples into the world of creationism and among ark hunters.
The charged thrill of Finkel's chase permeates the book - the pages don't just join dots, they supply new pieces for a beautiful, Bronze-Age jigsaw-puzzle... Scholarly and droll, Finkel's writing is also eccentrically vivid... it is a joy.