Linklater presents an incredibly complex history of land ownership in a very well presented book. No history book is perfect....everyone will find some aspect they may disagree with or interpret differently. This is the type of book though that is great about including those anecdotal pieces of information that really drive home the story. I am using this book to teach a University course on the co-evolution of land and people through time and it provides outstanding discussion material. I highly recommend the read for its thought-provoking material.
I found this book an incredibly engrossing look at how different societies divide up their land. While it's dry, if you stick with it Linklater paints a very detailed picture of how different economies structured themselves differently. He makes a compelling argument for his economic ideas and also shares some wonderful vignettes about the world as it developed.
An interesting book indeed. I started reading it on Kindle. I realized that its treatment of the subject was sufficiently dense and factual that I needed to read it in hard copy. So I ordered a hard copy version of the book, and will treat it as I did my college textbooks. That means close attention to detail, margin notes and such, and the ability to flip back and forth from section to section. I know that I should supposedly be able to do that on my Kindle. But I'm not there yet with my Kindle technique. And of course when I'm doing reading, studying and marking up my hard copy, I'll put it on my bookshelf where I can pull it down and study it again from time to time. Call me a Luddite if you will, but when it comes to a dense factual book, paper is the way to go.