Favorite read this year. Written over a hundred years ago, but (seriously) better information than most modern books. In Earth’s Earliest Ages, Pember does not seek to placate egos, instead Pember lays on his best (and quite unpopular) analysis.
To be clear, in the textual analyses portions, he’s right on. The portions where he’s coming to grips with issues of his day, he makes logical, but not verifiable, leaps that he has insufficient evidence for the jumps. So, the textual analysis is golden platinum awesome. The rest is just juicy considerations.