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(Dowdeswell, Cotswolds, U.K.)
Jonathan Bardon displays a real grasp of his material; plus a writing style which is clear and concise, with exactly the right amount of detail. The decision to preserve the 250 radio episode format was a wise one. The individual episodes stand up well as short essays, so you can open the book at random and be sure to find a worthwhile ten-minute read. But if you read them in sequence they make a first class continuous narrative history.
Publishers' blurbs often claim that books will suit both the student and the general reader. Well, this is one of the few cases in which that claim is fully justified. Bardon's work is factually sound (so far as I can judge), beautifully written, and positively enjoyable to read. Thank you, Jonathan !