Damning with faint praise?
As another book reviewer, writer and editor says about this review (-- and maybe this may feel not so positive because all the other reviews have been lavish with praise ... ):
[ He mentions a topic and grouses afterwards without making it clear why something bothered him or even stating clearly that it did. But, worse of all, he deploys a fair amount of history in his voice without stating that you dealt with most of that history. What's worse, he fails to mention the most significant aspect of the book: that it is a masterful synthesis of a million books, articles, and documents on early NO history and has no peers as a synthesis of the history of that world. As a reviewer from NO you'd think he would at least want people to know about the world that made NO and point them to the only single volume that does that. ]
In the meantime though, the article is getting lots of hits and is being e-mailed around, we've been told. Also the editor of the book review is a -- neocon!
Is this good or bad? I don't know.