Scotland: An Autobiography
2,000 Years of Scottish History by Those Who Saw It Happen
ISBN 9781468303124 | 512 pages | 29 Dec 2009 | Overlook | 18 - AND UP
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"An unqualified triumph."-Alexander McCall SmithPraise for Scotland: The Autobiography
A vivid, wide-ranging, and engrossing account of Scotland's history, composed of timeless stories by those who experienced it first-hand. Contributors range from Tacitus, Mary, Queen of Scots, and Oliver Cromwell to Adam Smith, David Livingstone, and Billy Connolly. These include not only historic moments- from Bannockburn to the opening of the new Parliament in 1999-but also testimonies like that of the eight-year-old factory worker who was dangled by his ear out of a third-floor window for making a mistake, the survivors of the 1746 Battle of Culloden, who wished perhaps that they had died on the field, John Logie Baird, inventor of television, and great writers including Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson, and the editor of Encyclopedia Britannica.
From the battlefield to the sports field, this is living, accessible history told by criminals, servants, housewives, poets, journalists, nurses, prisoners, comedians, and many more.
"A spirited collection of witnessing from all the periods of Scottish history...the choices [Goring] makes are quite exquisite and collectively the book fulfills the very needful function of telling the Scottish story itself."- The New York Review of Books
"A fascinating and very valuable book."-The Scotsman
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