The authors pack a lot into this book, covering a considerable amount of time and, on the whole, dealing with all the important events in adequate detail. I liked the passages spent detailing the extension of the vote and the role of women in European society especially. Why then did I give this only 3 stars?
Because of the number of grammatical errors in the text - not because of any shortcoming in the content.
One or two typos wouldn't have got a mention, but there are some real "corkers" - initially I thought it might have been translated from another language but from what I can tell, the authors are both native English speakers. Even if not, these errors surely would have been picked up during the proof reading stage?? I can't help but wonder if someone used "spellcheck" rather than a proper proofing exercise - it would have resulted in a similar disjointed result.
The extent and frequency of these errors soon became very noticeable. These detracted from the overall enjoyment in reading the book; I found myself concentrating on finding the next error or ommision, rather than concentrating on the otherwise well written history.
I won't bore you with lots of examples; to do so would involve me re-reading chapter after chapter - I could very easily find in excess of 100 such errors - and I'm keen to move on to a better written study. You will find plenty of examples of the following: mispelt, duplicated and ommitted words, hapharzard use of speech marks (opening, but not closing) and an excessive use of commas all make this really quite annoying to read.
What a shame - any native English speaker could read through this and mark up the errors easily enough; it's incredible that none of the proof readers did so. I would like to say that these are an irritation only, but as I say, they went way beyond this and someone, somewhere, should feel ashamed that an otherwise great book has been well and truly spoilt like this.