An interesting book. However the author supports NO possibility of any conspiracy, any form of corruption and seems as bias and at times as anecdotal as the books and people he criticises. It has taught me about histories and flows well. However is pedantic and sarcastic. This tone does eventually get wearing especially when he ois critical about these elements in other work. I would have rated 3 stars but the whole premiose is to dismiss everything and does come across as arrogant.