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on 16 October 2011
This latest book from this prolific writer is an enjoyable read as always. But it is a very partial account both in content and in bias. The latter he freely acknowledges and in a book of this size, trying to cover the whole period would be impossible. So you get what he has chosen and it rattles along like his books do. He does make what he talks about clear and understandable and his accounts of the historical sites he has chosen to illustrate the periods are excellent. But a reader of archaeology journals would have already read about the excavations mentioned and he adds little to these. For a reader new to archaeological approaches to historical accounts, this would be an excellent introduction.
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on 10 January 2018
cant wait to read
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on 4 July 2012
Having read a review of this book in an archaeology magazine I decided to purchase a copy and was impressed that it has encouraged me to purchase a number of other books by this same author.The book is easy to read and full of detail.
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on 29 March 2013
This book brings one up to date. I really would have liked it to be a more in depth study but the book overall was good.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 22 February 2011
I have to say I found the first two books in this series of 4 a bit heavy going, lots of detail from archaeological digs that weren't of particular interest to this lay reader. However the third book redressed the balance somewhat, perhaps because we had gone beyond stone shards and pottery etc and could now concentrate more on a wider selection of familiar items. My main influence for completing the set however didn't come from having read those three books but by reading the offshoot "the making of the British Landscape" a vibrant and compelling read. And so it continues with this volume, with little or no digging required, the author once again hits pay dirt by bringing to life everyday objects as well as the major engineering feats of the past 500 or so years in an easily read yet sharply focussed way. The section on the industrial revolution is particularly revealing as its impact still resonates today. Nicely illustrated, good, if basic, maps and written with a witty turn of phrase, this book should be on the wish list of anyone interested in British history.
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