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The Genius of Bannockburn
The Genius of Bannockburn
by William Scott
Edition: Paperback

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A One Man Tirade, 6 Jun. 2014
Having taught Scottish history I've read a few books on Bannockburn, but this one stands out from the rest. The book is the work of a fanatic who spends much of the book's 450 pages railing against everyone from the academic "establishment" to Stirling Council. It doesn't follow any logical order, and is so badly put together it is all but unreadable. Many of the theories put forward make little historical or military sense. This is not a history book. It is a one man tirade.
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Bannockburn: Scotland's Greatest Battle for Independence
Bannockburn: Scotland's Greatest Battle for Independence
by Angus Konstam
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.90

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scottish history at its best, 6 Jun. 2014
As a history teacher I taught this period, and have a keen interest in it. I've read several books on Bannockburn, but this is by far and away the best. It is extremely well researched, stylishly written, and the story of the battle and the events leading up to it are easy to follow. I've read books by this author before, and I admire his work, but this is probably his best book yet. Highly recommended, both as good history and good reading.


Sovereigns of the Sea: The Quest to Build the Perfect Renaissance Battleship
Sovereigns of the Sea: The Quest to Build the Perfect Renaissance Battleship
by Angus Konstam
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating Book, 4 April 2013
I bought this because I'd read two of the author's previous books, "Piracy: the Complete History" and his biography "Blackbeard: America's Most Notorious Pirate". While both of these pirate books were thoroughly enjoyable - they were well read and well-researched, this book was even better. Konstam clearly understands the subject thoroughly, and his highly readable style draws you in to the subject. "Sovereigns of the Seas" covers the marriage of guns and ssailing ships during the late middle ages and the Renaissance. As a history teacher I found the author's ability to weave the facts into a compelling narrative particularly enjoyable, as the book is studded with references to the scinetific, technological, industrial and military changes which were changing the face of Europe at the time. Like his previous books, I couldn't recommend "Sovereigns of the Seas" more highly.


Blackbeard: America's Most Notorious Pirate
Blackbeard: America's Most Notorious Pirate
by Angus Konstam
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent biography, 4 April 2013
Having read the author's excellent "Piracy: The Complete History" I decided to buy this biography, to better understand the period. I have to say Angus Konstam does a great job, not only revealing the activities of Blackbeard (Edward Teach) but also setting his life in its proper setting, amid the piratical goings on of the early 18th century. Like the previous book Ive read by this author, Blackbeard is highly recommended.


Piracy: The Complete History (General Military)
Piracy: The Complete History (General Military)
by Angus Konstam
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars All you'll ever need to know about pirates, 4 April 2013
I bought this book to help me understand a little more about piracy - and this book really gave me everything I wanted. It is extremely well written - Konstam's style is easy to read, and helps draw you in to the subject. It covers the whole gambit of historical piracy from the Ancient World to the present day, but the real heart of the book lies in the era known as "The Golden Age of Piracy" - the time of men like Blackbeard and Bartholomew Roberts. Konstam strips away the myths of piracy to present the facts, but presented in an extremely informative and enjoyable way. Highly Recommended.


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