- Paperback: 528 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (6 Feb. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0241969166
- ISBN-13: 978-0241969168
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.3 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 403,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Scotland: The Autobiography: 2,000 Years of Scottish History by Those Who Saw it Happen Paperback – 6 Feb 2014
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History caught on the hoof and the wing by those who were actually there - a brilliant selection and guide (Andrew Marr)
A bravura feat in browsability, this captivating, timely and useful book will reward any amount of flipping and dipping ... full of moving, amusing and revealing detail ... What an exemplary reclaiming of Scotland's past, what a necessary and notable contribution to its future (Scotland on Sunday)
Fascinating and very valuable . . . This book should find a place in every Scottish home (Scotsman) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Rosemary Goring took a degree in Economics and Social History at St Andrews University. She started her career in publishing in the role of in-house editor for Chambers Biographical Dictionary and has since edited and written for many reference books, among them the Larousse Dictionaries of Writers and Literary Characters. She was Literary Editor of Scotland on Sunday for several years before becoming Literary Editor of the Herald. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Ultimately, any single volume purporting to offer 2000 years of any sort of history is going to have to miss out some important events. My feeling is that the book is mainly going to appeal to Scots themselves. The redeeming feature of the book is that many of the narratives are first hand accounts of events. The Sutherland Clearances, 1816 and Sutherland After the Clearances, 1828(Donald MaCleod) are particularly poignant examples. That's why I've given 4 stars, if some of the accounts were not so dramatic it would have been 3 stars. Also, some of the writers have some damning things to say about the Scots so it is not all dewy-eyed. Basically, the book is well worth a read, but don't expect a lot of context.
It is no more than a collection of short paragraphs on different events cobbled together, rather like a book of press cuttings. There is no depth to any of the subjects covered.
Bannockburn for example gets a brief couple of paragraphs from a Scottish and English perspective. There is nothing about the build up, the aftermath or indeed why it even took place.
I suppose setting out to cover a nations history over a 2000 year span is quite an ambitious project to take on, but all the "editor" of this book has done, is gather up articles over the timescale, cut them down to a couple of lines each then file them chronologically.
I was hoping to find out more about the Highland clearings, Culloden and the part Scotland has played in shaping history through our inventors and engineers, I put down this book feeling none the wiser.
A great disapointment, and a waste of £25 that could of been spent on a better book.
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Realy interesting book As a Scot I find it extremely interestingPublished 10 months ago by George E. Findlay
amazing book will read it again as soon as I am finished the last page.
very interesting reading from start to finish