As the BBC's Scottish Political Editor, Brian Taylor has brought his immense knowledge of the Scottish political scene to the readers through this book. It is, however, already rapidly becoming dated - since publication in 1999 Donald Dewar sadly died and his successor Henry McLeish resigned, being replaced by Jack McConnell as First Minister.
As a book about the CREATION of the Scottish Parliament it remains unrivalled. It is well written, insightful, informative and objective. The opening chapter on the Scottish identity is particularly helpful. I very much hope that Brian produces an updated edition - but it may be best for him to wait until after the Scottish elections in May 2003 and until the new Holyrood building is completed. Maybe a more accurate (though more cumbersome) title would have been "The birth of the Scottish Parliament". Nevertheless, the current edition is still required reading for anyone with a serious interest in contemporary Scotland.