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Disappointing book. Takes all the excitement out of 200 years of history.
on 4 February 2011
For a book that covers such an exciting and vibrant period of history, it's remarkably dull to read, with no easy flow to the narrative. The book could also do with some serious editing. For example, the prose is clunky and awkward, and clearly has had only a quick glance from an editor. Excessive and at time misplaced punctuation is common, sentences become incoherent half way through, and there is inconsistent use of abbreviations. For example: 1850-70, 1850-870, 1850-1870.
All very distracting. Not recommended.