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I chose this book thinking it would have been an interesting read in the run up to the referendum. However, I didn't read the description close enough and was disappointed to find that it was written 22 years ago in 1992! There is a more recent introduction but that nowhere near makes up for such an outdated book on a very timely subject. A bit of a cynical cash in - add a new introduction rather than redrafting the book and adding extra chapters for 1993-2014.
If you are interested in the history of "home rule" (independence wasn't seriously considered in 1992, years before we even had our own parliament) pre-1992 in Scotland then it's not too bad. However, an infinitely better book to read is "Road To Referendum" by Iain Macwhirter - a fantastic book on the subject.
Another problem with "The Battle For Scotland" is the fact that the author's been away from Scotland for 30 years (this is painstakingly obvious when you read the new introduction with errors and ill informed observations).
No doubt an important book in 1992 but there are many other better books in 2014 on the subject.
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