My first impression upon finding this tome on my doorstep for review was one of uncertainty, nearly dismay. Apart from a colorful dust jacket, the book gives an impression of aridity: nearly 700 pages of rather fine print only sparsely illustrated. Well, how quickly my initial impression changed. The book, in spite of its abominable title (more on that later), is an absolutely wonderful work and a delight to read (more on that later, too).

Young’s book opens with an 8-page preface that gives an overview of what’s out there on the subject, stresses the importance of a historical perspective...

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