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A Brief History of the Vikings by Jonathan Clements
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Aug 29, 09

bookshelves: vikings, history, non-fiction

Clements' history has enough interesting details about the vikings to save it from a lower rating. However, Clements never misses an opportunity to denounce the vikings as moral monsters. He reminds the reader on nearly every page that while vikings might be fun to read about, you wouldn't want to meet one. He basically says "Here are all the wonderful things the vikings added to western culture, but they killed a lot of people, so the world would have been much better off without them." This makes me wonder why someone would spend years of their life researching a subject and writing a book about it for no greater purpose than to morally castigate it.
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