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The Glorious Cause by Robert Middlekauff
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Jul 27, 2009

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Still reading it, and I do enjoy it overall. But as a book from Oxford University Press (and stranger still one that nearly won a Pulitzer, I just found out) I am AMAZED and how badly this book was proofread. I don't think I go more than 20 pages or so without finding another word misspelled, or the wrong word used ("America" where it should be "American," that sort of thing). My other complaint is that the choices it makes about which information to assume the reader already knows and which to inform them of seem completely random. I know, even at over 700 pages that some things have to be left out, but how they chose just doesn't seem to make much sense. On one page a very basic concept might be described, and on the next there will be a reference to the Tories without having ever mentioned them before or explained who they were. It's not exactly an obscure topic, granted, but it's less obvious to a general reader, I think, than some of the other things he decides to explain. He also tends to repeat statements in virtually the same wording he used a page before.

Having said all that, I do like the book. While there are things like the above that sometimes are like hitting a roadblock, in general it's a good read, a bit dry at times but I haven't had any trouble maintaining my interest.

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