I knew some but certainly not all of this history. A very even-handed striving for a non-partisan overview is evident. Rich in detail, broad ranging, erudite and a colourful tale well told. The main weakness for me is that the author pre-supposes an intimate acquaintance on the readers part of the geography, topography and current place names of Ulster and so there is a paucity of maps aside from some 19C ones of the counties that are poor in detail if interesting in and of themselves. In future editions, and this book most certainly deserves to remain in print, I would hope that a large scale Ordinance Map might be included as an insert. As it is, if you are looking to get this history you will be well rewarded but if it this edition look into picking up a good large map as well. A further minor quibble is that a genealogy/timeline of the various UiNeills etc of the pre and early plantation times would have been helpful in keeping tract of who was doing what in the shifting alliances of the various up-rising, family wars, civil wars, cattle raids, petty kingship land grabs and general rieving and intrigues that were constantly drawing the English into Ulster and Ireland in attempt after attempt to give some stability and security to their western/Atlantic flank.