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Five hundred million years of Scottish history from the author of Arthur and the Lost Kingdoms: "Deserves a prominent place in the history canon" (Scots Magazine).

Covering the Ice Age to the recent Scottish Referendum, the acclaimed historian and author explores the history of the Scottish nation. Focusing on key moments such as the Battle of Bannockburn and the Jacobite risings, Moffat also features other episodes in history that are perhaps less well documented.

From prehistoric timber halls to inventions and literature, Moffat's epic explores the drama of battle, change, loss, and innovation interspersed with the lives of ordinary Scottish folk, the men and women who defined a nation.

©2015, 2017 Alistair Moffat (P)2021 Tantor

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If you enjoy digression, this book is for you.

This book seems more like an endless digression and less like an actual discussion on Scottish history. It jumps from 8,000 BC to the signing of the declaration of Arbroath and back, via hunter gatherers in Doggerland and Scandanavia.

I'm sure there is a point, but to be frank I'm missing it.

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comprehensive and informative

a good comprehensive history, but I felt that it lacked narrative, analysis or evaluation. Feels like you end up with something that leaves you without much to admire, respect or learn from.

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The Best Scottish history book I have ever read!

If you have ever wanted to know the whole story about this incredible and complex country you must have this. You will not find any that even comes close. A treasure for today and tomorrow. Thank you Alistair.

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Good listen

I found it overall to be a good book. As an introduction to Scotland's history excellent.
The narrator however surprised me as obviously a Scot her pronunciation of place names was sometimes way off.

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  • 14-02-22

Great story Emotionless reading Bad ending

Great story, monotone reader, but clearly spoken. She does a great job at just saying the words. I always love Moffat’s books, but at the end of this one he brings up American politics and tries to play the anti-Trump card, which really soils the book. History will reflect its truth and I think we need distance of more than what we have, especially in the current political state of the world. A poor reflection that could turn half the population of the USA off of Moffat’s future books.

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  • Elena Liubich
  • 02-05-22

Very long story presented in very boring way

My goal was to deepen my knowledge of history of Scotland before planned trip. I enjoyed many non-fictional history books, but this one is painful to listen to. A lot of information without slightest emphasize on any specific fact, like a poor lecture where professor provides only list of events without any conclusions. In addition presented in such a monotonous and unengaging way that it's hard to notice transition from chapter to chapter. May be good for professionals, but certainly not entertaining for general public.