That's probably enough history for the moment; however, even a vague understanding of the history behind certain events can help put those particular events into a better focus. Regarding the book: Because of circumstances beyond the control of the printer, the publisher notified me several days ago that the book will be released on the 11th August (and not on the 30th July as first thought). With this in mind, the draw for the free copy has been moved to the 12th August, which allows more time for any of you who may want to become involved but have not, as yet, had time to do so.