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archaic

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-01-29

The reading was beautiful, and the writing was artistic and enjoyable, overall a beautiful read and a great experience.

However, the text is markedly dated, inserting value judgements all over the place, disdaining "barbarians" as primitive, even occasionally straying into light racism.

Overall a great book to read for enjoyment, but not necessarily for good unbiased education.

entertaining history

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-07-29

This is one of the most accessible, comfortable history books I've ever read. I've read the book multiple times, and the audiobook is my go to when I've run out of other material. history told as a story, with a focus in the individuals involved rather than dull, sweeping strokes.