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Posted November 18, 2005
I read a dozen books a month, but this swift, slim volume captured my attention immediately and never let it go. George Stone thoughtfully and economically reviews centuries of Celtic and Nordic cultural development, touching on the emergence of these 'barbarian' peoples and tracking their countless accomplishments as they made their way across Europe and around the world. Celts in Iceland? Vikings in the Middle East? America discovered ages before Columbus? Warp spasms, silver hoards, Tolkien? The breadth of this book is simply astonishing. The author's use of literary genius, from Greek and Roman records (including notes by Strabo and Caesar) to Celtic and Nordic epics and sagas adds richness and incomparable depth to this wondrously illustrated volume. The National Geographic Society¿and the author¿are to be commended. This is the best book I've read all year.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.