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from tottering generalisations to embarrassing ignorance,
This review is from: David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants (Hardcover)
Initially it is the short attention span, wow, awesome revelation format that annoyed me - so emblematic of the American hegemony in communication. Then, when I arrived at the chapter, "Rosemary Lawlor", and I was told that Catholics and Protestants had "lived uneasily alongside each other throughout the country's history" - I actually shouted at the book. Yes, technically speaking the statement has some truth, but even this early in the chapter it was obvious its simplification was going to ignore centuries of history. And it did, replete with wow and awesome generalisation callously illustrated with tragic scenes of government discrimination from the early 70s.
Employing The Troubles to make a generalised point is unacceptable.
A weakly formulaic book, appallingly researched, consistently generalising, and dangerous on account of its superficial plausibility.