Robinson does a wonderful job of explaining how the evidence is actually used to unlock these scripts.
One of the best things I can say about it, though, is that it is likely to make the reader want to learn more about its subject--always a good sign.
Another takeaway is that in decipherment, it's important to be careful about falling in love with your early hypotheses.
Well structured, well illustrated, full of fascinating anecdotes and information. The text, however, is presented in very small type which appears grey rather than black, tiresome... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Wildcat
It is great book. I am going to read it on this summer.
I received book very soon and thanks a lot.
I'm only on page 113 but I'm ready to write a review. This book is so well written and so clarifying of so many things that I've wondered about for so long. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Gets Around
A good review for some of lost languages. I do like very much mr. Robinson's style.
I was expecting a better quality for the pictures, I mean, like in The Story of Writing.
This book illustrates connections that I had not seen before. I revel in the clear and complete way that it describes these undeciphered scripts.Published 14 months ago by Lynn
If you are interested only in, say, the Phaistos Disc, or the Indus "script", you will want to pass on this treatment of a number of ancient writing systems in favor of narrower... Read morePublished on November 5, 2012 by Larry N. Stout
This is the first book I've ever bought (or read) that deals solely with the deciphering of scripts. Read morePublished on July 20, 2012 by S.W.
I was disappointed that there seems to be little new work included here, especially in the initial section documenting already deciphered languages. Read morePublished on March 13, 2012 by Amazon Customer
A great survey of attempts in modern times -- some successful, some not so much -- to decipher ancient scripts. Read morePublished on June 21, 2010 by A. Roy King