9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Dislike historical inaccuracy and Americanisms.,
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This review is from: 1913: The World before the Great War (Hardcover)
Another reviewer mentions the death of Ned Kelly. It is extaordinary for someone born in Australia to be wrong about the manner of his death and the inaccuracy calls into question the precision of the rest of the book.
Also, I do not know whether Random House has an agenda based on bringing the English language into line with American but a book published by The Bodley Head in Great Britain could avoid spelling 'Labour' as 'Labor', and I do not think it was a direct quotation in at least one instance. Nor is it necessary to write 'The Times, of London', to refer to 'London, England' or explain the meaning of 'Baronet' - imprecisely. Any intelligent English speaking reader would know what was intended, or find out. There are other examples.
Maps would have been a great advantage.
These points apart, I found it a fascinating book on a topic by that has great relevance for us today.
Without the irritations I should have given it five stars.