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3.0 out of 5 stars Populist trash talking on the Romans, 7 Sept. 2010
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This review is from: Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic (Paperback)
Not as bad as the book on Babylon (which is truly atrocious for all the hype written about it and should be avoided). In fact Holland's effort on the Roman's, because his subject matter is more familiar to him and there is more material to work with, is fairly readable but it is written with pretty poor language skills in a trashy trailer-park language and at times is decidedly lax in supplying detail and bluntly stating 'this is' without a great deal of explanation. This is the book on the Romans - from Republic to the establishment of Augustus - if you are the person that enjoyed the utter crud that was the BBC's 'Rome' series. Shagging, murders and a bit of history. You just know that this bloke Holland could do it a lot better than this if he really wanted to but he has set out to make a shedload of money writing the stuff like he has. This guy isn't really a historian is he? He's more of a populist journo and he would make a great BBC docudrama writer. No doubt his next book will be on the Arabs as he appears to want to cover every BIG history topic in his inimitable shabbily written ' 'istory for Dummies, innit' style. OK I didn't really like it but bought all three as a job lot and will be remaindering all three.
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