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Scotland: The Autobiography: 2,000 Years of Scottish History by Those Who Saw It Happen [Hardcover]

Rosemary Goring
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July 3 2008

A vivid, wide-ranging, and engrossing account of Scotland's history, composed of timeless stories by those who experienced it first-hand. Contributors range from Tacitus, Mary, Queen of Scots, and Oliver Cromwell to Adam Smith, David Livingstone, and Billy Connolly. These include not only historic moments--from Bannockburn to the opening of the new parliament in 1999--but also testimonies like that of the eightyear- old factory worker who was dangled by his ear out of a third-floor window for making a mistake; the survivors of the 1746 Battle of Culloden, who wished perhaps that they had died on the field; the breakthrough moment for John Logie Baird, inventor of television; and, the genesis of great works of literature recorded by Conan Doyle, Stevenson, and the editor of Encyclopaedia Britannica. From the battlefield to the sports field, this is living, accessible history told by crofters, criminals, servants, housewives, poets, journalists, nurses, politicians, prisoners, comedians, sportsmen, and many more.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another edition to my Scottish Collection Nov. 25 2012
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I bought this for my husband for his Birthday and he is presently reading it and appears to be enjoying it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read Jan. 14 2009
By P. Edwards - Published on Amazon.com
I'm not a historian, but I love history and this book approaches the life of Scotland through the perspective of those who lived it. The author presents accounts covering the entire range of Scotland's history allowing the reader to see life, not just facts. Most interesting to me was the attempt to move past major battles and dry accounting of timeline events. This is an interesting and informative book for those wanting to know more about Scotland and her people.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Written contemporary thoughts and insights enlightens and informs March 15 2012
By Bruce Campbell Ogilvie - Published on Amazon.com
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The sharp and contemporary details that enlighten and inform the events described in many history books - by the people living through these events. Well worth the time to read and then reread as other research exposes the history of our ancestors and their homeland.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Addiction Feb. 19 2012
By hornet5 - Published on Amazon.com
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If your interest in Scotland is addictive, this is a must collection to be on your bookshelf. A reading of these writings gives the reader a feel for the times in which the writing occurs and perhaps a deeper appreciation for Scotland and the Scottish people across the many generations past.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Encounters with a Challenge June 6 2010
By Dag Stomberg - Published on Amazon.com
This book brings together the literary work of many ordinary and also not so ordinary people down through the ages of two millennia.

What a clever idea to 'write' an autobiography of a Country's folk.
The thoughts, aspirations, successes and failures that help the
reader come to grips with the Scottish character then and now.
There is alot to know about Scottish culture, history and society
and this provides a giant step in coming to terms with a written
history of a Country's people and their identity!

Dag Stomberg
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3.0 out of 5 stars Scottish history in small bites March 6 2013
By Charles F. Dryden, Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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Not sure what sort of history you might want in a book like this but it is filled with brief stories of various historical events from written accounts, historical records, and oral tradition in print. A scattered collection that is at times very period specific and interesting and at other times very boring.
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