For a history book to be commissioned, I think the editor looks at writing ability just as much as technical ability in history.
Rubicon being the first contemporary scholar's work I read on Rome, Holland's style is easy to read, engaging, and gives enough depth without droning on & on.
Hollands narrative history flows and entertains like a fiction, his depth of knowledge and research bringing the characters intimately to life.
Wonderful story of the last days of the Roman Republic. The actual crossing of the Rubicon is but a small part. A good read.Published 1 day ago by Garry Moore
I absolutely loved Tom Holland's style of writing. It's rare to find a writer who makes a nonfiction book seem like a flowing adventure story. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Roman G
As the page turns, so you disappear into the ages. Exquisite details eloquently delivered provide a gripping read to all fans of the era.Published 2 days ago by Danny Broadhurst
The subject matter is interesting; however, the writing style is horrible. It reminds me of the pompous way I used to write when I was a freshman in high school and didn't know... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Santos N Garcia
A rollicking retelling of the fall of the Roman Republic. I really like Holland's focus on how Roman society pressure-cooked its people into near insanity as they strove for glory. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Aison
Almost a great book, full of insights into Roman culture and character, accurate and comprehensive about the history. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Luca turin
I very much enjoyed this. I admire Holland for his ability to sort out the strands of the twisted skein of Late Republican politics. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Chris Ann Matteo
Very readable but also very informative about that era of ancient Roman history - it helps put J Caesar's actions in a wider context. Read morePublished 1 month ago by George Coveny
This is gives a very good (and readable) view of the Roman Republic's demise with some of the necessary background of earlier history. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Maria E. Bailey