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Interesting but could have been so much better
on 22 February 2013
This was an ambitious project, given the scope of the topic matter, and the author makes a good effort at realising it - I learnt a lot of fascinating stuff from reading this book. Many of the problems I encountered stem, I guess, from a hasty conversion to Kindle format, as the punctuation is a little haphazard and some dates are wrong, leading to some 'eh?' moments as I triedto resolve apparent time-travel paradoxes.
More dates generally would have been useful as it would have allowed me to gauge the timescales and therefore intensity of our involvement in some of the countries discussed. The author's research seems comprehensive but there are a few missed episodes which are brushed against but not covered properly, including the long period of service in Constantinople's Varangian Guard by Anglo-Saxon exiles in Turkey, followed by the establishment in the post-1066 colony of New England in the area between Georgia, Russia and Ukraine, granted as reward for this service by the Byzantines.
That said, this was an interesting and entertaining read marred slightly by some poor proofing, and I will retain this on my Kindle for reference purposes.