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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; First Edition edition (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: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #58,937 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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I thought this was a decent overview of Scottish history. I learned a lot, and it was interesting to see Scotland and Britain from a Scottish perspective. The information about religious infighting, the tobacco trade, labour unrest, and class exploitation were particularly appealing, and there are lots of sources in the back for further reading. It must have taken the writer years to research and write the book, and knowing what that’s like, I’m reluctant to criticize. However, I feel I must, because in many places the book is badly written, so badly that it became a distraction. Mr. Oliver and his editor should acquaint themselves with at least one decent style guide. They should know that generally it’s useful to omit needless words and to place important words at a sentence’s end. There are so many sentences that end with “as well” as to defy imagination. There are also clichés (e.g. the something-or-other from hell) and other examples of pub speak. And there are long, comma filled constructions begging to be simplified and recast.

Besides issues with writing, there’s scant little in the way of positionality. Besides being a proud, curious, and educated Scot, what perspective is the writer coming from? Is he a historian? An archeologist? What? Is he going to be relaying a dynastic history, a people’s history, or both, and why? The reader assumes the writer focuses on kings, queens, wars, and other conflicts, because that’s the history that’s best been recorded, but the writer never explains. I also thought the later references to geography were unnecessary. Sure, geography may shape and influence history (e.g. the highlands vs. the lowlands), but it’s what people believe and how they act that’s key.
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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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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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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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