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Kirk at his finest -- Out! Out! Damned myths!
on May 7, 2015
An expansive view of the Western world, and a debunking of a whole host of popular myth. Kirk's erudition and integrative perspective come together beautifully in RoAO. He does a great job creating an overall narrative and framework, while keeping things interesting and varied by diving into specific individual's stories. The combined high-level story/fine-level detail kept me engaged.
Especially for those of us who will never have the time to make a dent in the vast bibliography, this is an excellent synopsis. But it is more than a synopsis, it is a story and a point of view.
Even for my non-American friends, particularly those from the English-speaking countries, there is a lot here for you, too.