This is an extraordinary achievement -- a one volume history of England which sustains a lively pace, and maintains proper perspective in showing the direction, strength and significance of major forces and trends, of the ideas behind the events, and the reasons why men acted as they did. There's a broad range view throughout. At times one misses the inclusion of myth and legend which have become integral to our reading of English history; one misses the color and drama of anecdote. But the purpose of the author is achieved. We see England and her history as a whole, in itself a tremendous drama. We get a sense of balance, of growth. What's more important to its sales and distribution value, it is readable, fluent, lively. The publishers have made a book easy to handle, and given it type format easy to read. An excellent book for private libraries, where extensive and detailed treatments of England's history cannot be given due space. A book to own.