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Wales by Henry Weissler
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May 21, 2008

it was ok
bookshelves: history, wales
Read in May, 2008

Out of curiosity, I picked up this short book from the library.
According to the intro, this book is designed for tourists, students, and people seeking background info on Wales. With such a diverse audience, it's no wonder Weisser fails to hit any of his marks. The style is aimed lower than the customary eighth-grade level for daily newspapers. The result: a "see-Spot-run" style that has the reader snoring in no time.
In addition, the book wasn't proofed carefully. For example, the caption is missing on a photo (p.5) and Caernarvon is spelled "Caernavorn" (p.183).

If you're a tourist, use one of the Lonely Planet guidebooks; if you're a student, look at the definitive "A History of Wales" by John Davies; if you're looking for a good, brief primer on Welsh history, check out "The Land Remembers: A View of Wales" by Gwyn Williams.

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