I bought this book in an airport in the states thinking that it would be an interesting book of popular history for my flights. After the sloppy & iritating prose and the inaccuracies that I spotted in the first couple of chapters I gave up. This is the first book I considered throwing away rather than simply "shelving" it.
The book was clearly being marketed heavily in the States, as it was in a prominent position in most bookshops I visited. It is the worst case of dumbing down, as opposed to popularising, a historical subject I've ever seen.