While the reviewers were somewhat conflicted in their appraisals – and not exactly encouraging – we still felt that the collection was intriguing, and potentially important enough, to publish anyway. We hope you’ll agree.
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“So what, exactly, ARE these nearly 800 heavily footnoted pages? That is very much the question. I’ll have a go at answering it here below…
Is this a game?
It may be. Make of it what you will.
The authors are welcome to clarify their position on this thorny matter. But my job, here, is to write a peer review of a work of historical scholarship. And whatever IN SEARCH OF THE THIRD BIRD may be, it is not that, by the current constitution of the enterprise — despite the rather substantial amount of history that is in it.
Is it, then, a work of fiction? That is a different question, and one you have not asked me to answer. It certainly has some fictions in it! I will leave it at that.
Let me briefly summarize my assessment here: while I had hoped to be able to give this work an easy and positive review (I know several of the authors/editors, and had every reason to expect a scholarly work of high standard) I must very definitely recommend AGAINST publication of the present work, which is, appearances to the contrary notwithstanding, NOT a work of historical scholarship in any conventional sense…”
Darrin M. McMahon
Mary Brinsmead Wheelock Professor of History
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