My rating: 4 of 5 stars
"Scotland is a small country on the edge of Europe, facing west into the harsh Atlantic Ocean. Life has been hard there for most of the people, most of the time." - A History of Scotland
If, like me, you're the type of person who enjoys learning complete histories of entire countries, then A History of Scotland is just the book for you.
Neil Oliver (achaeologist, historian, broadcaster and writer) takes the reader on a momenteous journey through Scotland's vast history, its shining moments and its debilitating pitfalls, from the Dawn of Time until Present Day. Constructed in a way that makes it feel like a novel, Oliver effortlessly recounts major events, memorable eras and the personalities who shaped them, drawing back the curtains of myth to reveal the truth of Scotland's history - and its continuing legacy.
Although lacking in detail in parts - particularly near the end where perhaps it is mistakingly assumed that everyone is aware of Scotland's more recent history - A History of Scotland is a wonderfully easy book to read, providing an insightful look at the twists and turns of Scotland's fate.
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