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The Mark of the Scots: Their Astonishing Contributions to History, Science, Democracy, Literature Paperback – October 1, 2000


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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Citadel (October 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806520604
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806520605
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #758,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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83 of 103 people found the following review helpful By David A. Litterick on December 30, 2002
Format: Paperback
I am always leary when I hear about Americans who try to write books about Scotland. Mr Bruce's book is incomplete, inconclusive, innaccurate in many places and, at best, opionated and not entirely factual waffle. Indeed some of the people included in this book have so tenuous a link to Scotland that they patently should not be included as Scots, while at the same time there are some enormous ommissions in both people and events.
Let me give you some examples from only one page.
For example, Lawrence Olivier, the great actor, is included in this book of Great Scots simply because as a child he wore a kilt on Sundays. (page 247.) At the same time, Sean Connory, only gets a perfunctory mention in passing in relation to other people.
Bea Lille ("known as the funniest woman in the world 1894-1989" p247)was born in Canada and had Irish ancestry. However, she gets in the book because a Scotsman managed to get a part in a play about her life. Oh, and by whose criterion was she the funniest woman of the 20th Century?
And by far, the greatest stupidity of all in this book is it's sporting discussions - stupid because Mr Bruce's misunderstanding about the role sporting life plays in the Scottish culture merely underlines the weaknesses in his book.
For example, on the one hand American football has a passage only to say that there has been "no evidence that Scottish Americans have made any significant development" whilst soccer, which was invented in Scotland and has been played between villages originally hundreds of years ago gets only the most fundamental treatment. From soccer also came rugby in England and a host of other sports which have made an impact worldwide. Why is this never mentioned?
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bobbymak880 on July 16, 2005
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Aptly sub-titled "[the Scots] astonishing contributions to History, Science Democracy, Literature and the Arts," in little more than 350 pages, Mr. Bruce presents an enjoyable and enlightening compendium of Scottish achievement. This is a user-friendly guide to the global impact of Scottish thought, emotion and effort. And the book's copious footnotes and citations are an excellent starting point for anyone wishing to conduct further research.
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By Humur on February 13, 2013
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This book compiles achievements of Scots. It is a voluminous compilation, but pleasant to read, nonetheless. I was fascinated to read all that is in this book. If you are an ethnic Scot, this book will really open your eyes to what Scots have done to improve the world, usually very quietly. I recommend this for ethnic Scots, and others who might be interested.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David on March 18, 2012
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One reviewer ripped this book for some factual errors. Great, buddy, where is your book, correcting the mistakes? What, you didn't write one? Armchair quarterbacking, are we? No book is perfect. I like this book a lot. If you want to extend your awareness into somewhat deeper levels, Cracker Culture: Celtic Ways in the Old South, Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America, How the Scots Invented the Modern World: The True Story of How Western Europe's Poorest Nation Created Our World & Everything in ItHow the Irish Saved Civilization (Hinges of History), and Redneck Shaman all cover redneck- American Scot- culture, at a somewhat deeper level. Celtic influence is very much a part of the US, and shaped US national character considerably. There are identifiable Celts in graves in Xinjiang province, China. The Scots got around. This book is the best I've seen, showing how far they went, and what they did. No, it's not perfect, but it's surely very inspiring. Well worth reading, even with its minor flaws. The James Bond character was based on a Scot, for example, who wrote a very humble autobiography. Niihau, the last Hawaiian speaking part of Hawaii, is owned by a Scots family.
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By Wayne Staggs on August 26, 2014
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Great, this replaces a copy previously lost. Excellent book!!!
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