Very dry and academic, and I read a lot of history.
This is an excellent account of the Great Famine, and quite possibly the only one that exists as a book dedicated to the subject. However, it *is* an academic book and not a popular history. The book is quite dry and does not really get moving until the second or third chapter if I remember correctly. The beginning of the book is dedicated to historiographical topics that are sure to try the patience of readers seeking a popular history style account -- such as, for example, the difficulties in estimating just how many people died in famine and the methodological flaws in different approaches. (I like academic books and I even found this started to get a little tedious.)
With that said, this is an exceptionally important, and difficult, topic that hasn't received nearly the investigation it deserves. Jordan's account is well-rounded and discusses more than just England. I highly recommend the book. Jordan's scholarship is nothing but praiseworthy.
I learned so much, I had never heard of this famine.
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