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4.0 out of 5 stars A nearly complete history of Scotland, 16 Sep 2001
This review is from: Scotland: The Story of a Nation (Hardcover)
Magnus Magnusson is a noted broadcaster and writes well. He manages to achieve that rare feat among writers of history: that of writing not only a very readable book but one that is written at the correct level for the readers to whom it is directed; namely, he writes a fairly detailed narrative history which can be understood and appreciated by those who know little or no Scottish history, without being patronising or unintelligible. The book does have its faults: there are too few maps and no genealogical tables; with the latter we could understand those Montroses! Although he curiously follows Walter Scott, hardly an objective writer, this is no disadvantage until the end when, after Scott ends his narrative, Dr Magnusson unfortuantely fades away as has been commented on above. This book is well worth the attention of those who would like to know the history of Scotland.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The true Story of a Nation, 18 Nov 2004
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Magnus Magnussons' 'Scotland, Story of a Nation' is wonderfully written and gives a poignant insight into Scottish history. From the Romans, to Bonnie Prince Charlie, this book is excellent and covers an immense variety of events which have shaped the way Scotland, as a Nation is today. Informative, without being overbearing, Factual and not fanciful, this book is a must for anyone studying or interested in Scottish history!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of Magnus Magnussons Scotland: the Story of a Nation, 15 Aug 2001
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This review is from: Scotland: The Story of a Nation (Hardcover)
I've walked down Dumfries High Street on many occasions and have known for some years now that Robert the Bruce carried out a history shaping if slightly despicable piece of sword work somewhere close by. But the next time I pass I'll most certainly linger a little longer in the doorway of Poundstretches and contemplate the occurrence. Throughout his book, Mr. Magnusson points out markers like this where the past meets the modern, be it a cairn or cross or a carved footprint in the rock.
The book is large enough to be comprehensive without being unduly dry. The essential details of each part of Scotland's history have been carefully selected and mixed with the best of the more trivial information to produce the only history of our country yet where I've managed to get past the Battle of Bannockburn before it's gone back to the library. I did, though, have a small problem trying to keep a track of who the characters were at certain point, hardly the author's fault since these are set for him by history, and it seems to me that the Duke of Montrose played a part in almost everything for about 500 years - could this be an ambitious family gene or a case of extreme longevity.
This book is based on Walter Scott's "Tales of a Grandfather" and towards the end has a large part devoted to Scott. Scott finishes his history at the union of the crowns as he saw this as the end of Scottish history proper. Mr. Magnusson finishes his comprehensive history early too - a little later after the Jacobite uprising. The remains of the book appear to just sketch in the remaining century and a half in what seemed to me an essay on the fall and rise of Scottish independence cumulating in the beginnings of the new Scottish parliament (it's good to read about something still so fresh in my mind). While it seems that Walter Scott's book was blatantly political, it's approach to history omitting the bits where they didn't quite meet the ideology, this book strives to be neutral and for the better part of it almost succeeds, although towards the end I thought I had a fair idea where Magnus Magnusson's x goes on a ballot paper.
Having been returned to the bookshelf, it has already been taken off once or twice for reference and is an excellent volume for dipping into from time to time to refresh my memory or national pride.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only book you need..., 15 April 2012
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...keeping it simple...a great book written by a very fine author...this is a 'must-have' addition for those interested in Scottish history....at first it seems a large book, but it reads well with no boring long-winded sections that you would want to skip over....highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars scotland the story of a nationy, 25 Mar 2013
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this book was bought as a present so I am sure the recepient liked it as he wanted this specific book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scottish history at it's best., 15 Feb 2008
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Thought it might be heavy reading but it is anything but. Well written story of Scottish history. Well worth reading. Could have done with a few more maps but otherwise excellent. Couldn't put it down until i finished.
Scottish history is worth knowing about and until i read the book i had no idea religion was also behind so much going on within the country and it's downfall. Magnus Magnusson has done Scotland proud with this informative book on it's history.
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