Thank God I was introduced to real history and Greek history by Will Durant as a teenager. If the authors of this book had been my introduction, it would have setback or ruined my love affair with Clio. Good Heavens! I have rarely read such pendantic, dry, and self-indulgent twaddle in my life. One of the most exciting fields in all of history these professional historians make impenetrable to even the educated reader with dense and lifeless prose addressing fields of minute specialization as they talk only to each other with their clever insider references.
There is a despressing lack of enthusiasm for the subject in the authors' prose as well which is instantly communicated to the reader. The prose is in the lifeless style of Marxist analysis. The reader never gets the impression that the Hellenes were flesh and blood human beings. Having been an analyst of Soviet affairs for twenty-five years I am all too familiar with that style.
These so-called scholars have also abandoned history as a practical art that provides lessons and guidance to those who struggle to preserve their liberties, not unlike the use made of it by our Founding Fathers which is why they are still called Founding Fathers.
No wonder the teaching of history has fallen on such hard times. This book should be marketed as a cure for insomnia or as a handy door stop.