Like Buddhism (and life) itself, it is hard not to like this book and hard not to complain about it. It is supposed to be a dispassionate book at Buddhist history and thought, but the apparent devotion of the writer comes through. You will find nothing critical or questioning in this book. It is a presentation of mainstream Buddhist beliefs. Having registered these complaints, the book is presented very well but would benefit from a skeptical tone even if that is just confined to a final chapter, but the devout look is not without interest.