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I have respect for David Cannadine even though I do not entirely agree with much of his historical analysis, the man is something of a rarity, a serious academic historian who has managed to gain popularity on his own merit without pandering to some political interest group and losing all credibility in the process.
This book, however, is something of a mess. The general thesis of the book and many of the points made by Cannadine are sound but this is largely because they do nothing more than state the bleeding obvious. There is little, if anything, original or even modern here.
I think the primary problem with this book is the subject matter. I don't know why it was… Read more