5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 11 February 2014
I've read a few of Cook's earlier books and found them very helpful in their clarity and common sense approach.The second editor, Everist, was presumably Cook's colleague at Southampton university. Cook has now I believe been elevated to the hallowed halls of Cambridge.
Sadly he now seems to be suffering from that dread disease, academicitis - by which I mean the tendency of many university writers to cram their writings with almost unreadable prose in order presumably to gain intellectual respectability. It really is a waste of time to have to read a passage half a dozen times in order to understand what is going on. It could perhaps be argued that in a book such as this which is a collection of articles written by various authors, it was difficult for Cook and Everist to edit them as tightly as was, I believe, necessary. However, it has to be said that Cook's own contribution to the collection is just about as opaque as the rest. Everist's is slightly more readable. So, all-in-all only worth 3 stars for me.