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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix (Jan. 4 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753826631
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753826638
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 399 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's an affectionate portrait by an author who, for all its flaws and magnificence, clearly loves his country—IRISH NEWS

About the Author

Neil Oliver is a Scottish archaeologist, historian and broadcaster best known for his distinctive voice and as the charismatic presenter of the award-winning documentary series COAST.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Barbeau on July 2 2011
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After purchasing and watching the DVD collection of this book over and over, I just had to have the book. This is a wonderful resource and gives me a great insight to the country of my heritage. I would recommend it to anyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By colleen johnston on July 18 2013
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This book is a good source for reviewing and confirming information made available in Neil Oliver's TV series seen on Vancouver public broadcasting.
Photos are clear and relevant and augment the text well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joan Vermaak on March 24 2013
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I have been to Scotland and this book presents me with more information
than I gained while on my trip. I really enjoy finding out more of Scotland;
it is a rugged, stunning country and the people are great.
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By Jenny Bee on Sept. 5 2014
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Who knew you could find a history book that was actually a page-turner. Read this from front to back and couldn't stop. Will read it again. Flows well, gives just enough detail on events without dragging on, ad Oliver adds some good insight. Great read.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Pay dirt Sept. 1 2011
By Andrew Calhoun - Published on Amazon.com
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A gripping and enlightening work of history. One could read all of these facts countless times and yet miss the larger picture, but Neil Oliver has a writer's gift of drawing the forces, natural, military, religious, political and artistic, that created Scotland. We witness the ruthless passions which shape history; the unbridled fanaticism which shatters lives and yet becomes integrated into a larger dialog, which (sometimes) turns to the good. In 435 pages, Neil Oliver covers centuries without ever seeming to rush. His unsparing devotion to truth approaches a force of righteous judgment; in his Scotland, I saw a mirror of the patterns which have shaped America, and my own psyche. I recommend A History of Scotland without reserve.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Fascinating Read! Aug. 22 2011
By Jooles - Published on Amazon.com
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On the scale of history buffishness, I am in the middle, and I certainly have no previous knowledge of European history- until now! I checked out this book to learn more about Scotland before I visit and was treated with an in-depth, pleasant and sometimes humorous outline of Scottish history. While I wouldn't call the style informal, it is definitely easier on the mind than textbooks and is written to captivate the reader with war stories, memorable descriptions and accuracy from every angle.
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A History of Scotland by Neil Oliver is like taking a college course from a really good prof. Nov. 22 2012
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If Mr. Oliver ever writes a history of the world, I'm getting it...His conversational style of writing makes historical characters and events come alive, so that complicated events follow logically.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
great read March 13 2012
By gramcookie5 - Published on Amazon.com
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My husband was really delighted with this book. Lots of interesting facts and a great book for a person of Scottish decent.
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
History of Scotland Sept. 28 2010
By Jack Willis - Published on Amazon.com
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delighted with the ease and speed of getting the book The book itself is a first class outline of Scottish History ln an unschool bookish manner and presents a broad and insightfull look at history which I have'nt seen before. Excellent treatise.
Jack Willis

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