daoldbear, July 1, 2008 (view all comments by daoldbear)
I was Very pleased with the title, and the content of the book. I will be purchasing more copies of this book as birthdays and gift-giving holidays arise, for my "other" SCOTTISH friends and family.
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Catherine, October 30, 2006 (view all comments by Catherine)
The title may be a bit of an exaggeration, and some parts of the book fairly glow with unfounded praise, but on the whole, it was an enjoyable read. The author does a capital job of explaining how much of our modern ways of thinking, technology, engineering, architecture, etc . . . are either by and large an achievement of the Scots initially or greatly influenced by them. It was a truly thought-provoking book with ne'er a dull moment, which is always a wonderful thing to find in a non-fiction history book.
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by Michael Barone, U.S. News & World Report, coauthor of The Almanac of American Politics,
"Finally we have a book that explains how the...Scots created the modern civilized values America and the Western world still uphold. This is a great book, one which is now even more relevant than ever."
"Arthur Herman provides a convincing and compelling argument. . . . He is a natural writer, weaving philosophical concerns seamlessly through a historical narrative that romps along at a cracking pace." Irvine Welsh, The Guardian
by Sunday Times (London),
"Herman's book tells an exciting story with gusto...its range and narrative verve make it an entertaining and illuminating read."
by Library Journal,
"A skeptic could easily be converted by Herman's deft presentation...this work sets a high academic standard yet is carefully leavened with colorful anecdotes."
Includes bibliographical references (p. 431-452) and index.
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