This is an essential item for anyone who has the other volumes, and this should include libraries -- public and college. With one more volume in prospect, the whole forms an exhaustive and definitive life of the greatest figure of his century in England. This particular volume carries him through the years 1705-1708, a period that has singular parallels with our own times. The story is told to a great extent through contemporary records. Liberally illustrated with diagrams and maps and reproductions of pictures and portraits. His style is vigorous always.