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A useful reference text - but only up to a point
on 8 September 2013
I guess I'm too lazy sometimes to bother with the drudgery of an Internet search. It's useful having books like this on a nearby shelf - but only up to a point. Whilst the content is written in an engaging and accessible manner there is an inevitability to its superficial nature. Its similar to potted histories. Key facts are presented. But only so many words can be allocated to each story. Its this lack of depth which forces me back to the Internet, not only to seek out corroborating sources but, more importantly, to add depth and, to be subjective about it, colour as well. So all in all, the book's a good starting point - but that's all it is.