by Doug, May 25, 2005 2:25 PM
"I resignedly picked it up at last on the tail end of a history binge, telling myself, 'Okay, I'm finally going to slog through it. Just get it over with.' And I discovered all my trepidation had been for naught. This isn't an 'accessible for a scholarly book' type of read; it is just plain a good book....The work itself reads like a pint of fine winter ale, complex and intoxicating, the end arriving quick and unwelcome."