The book is incredibly usefull as a background text to the new AS modern history syllabus topic as the chapters in the novel are mirrored by the headings under which the exam board set out their specification. It provides the points of view of all groups concerned with the period and so gives students an overview of the period. The book also helps to limit the extra amount of background reading needed as many quotes from Historians and participants in the period of history which are incredibly useful for quoting in an essay or exam question. However, although the book follows the syllabus carefully it often moves away from provideing a chronological list of events, which although is poor essay writing style it is very useful for the understanding of students. Overall an impressive and coherent novel.