The writer of a I blog I regularly read, and whose first book, *"Hannibal and Me"*, has just been published, wrote a post about how happy he was that his book had been glowingly reviewed by one of the world's great authorities on Hannibal.
The author of "Hannibal and Me", who, although a journalist, isn't a professional historian, wrote in his blog posting that although he, as a non-historian, had likely got some details wrong in his book, the reviewer hadn't bothered with them, because, no doubt, he was able to appreciate the book's big concepts and the author's meditations upon them. He saw the forest, not the trees.
I'm reminded of reviews I read of a book I greatly admired, "The Female Brain", by Louann Brizendene, a neuropsychiatrist. She showed in her book how vastly different are the brains of men from those of women, because of hormones, neural pathways and their like. It was one of those books from which I emerged slightly different from when I began reading it.
Louann Brizendene, although an academic, didn't write her book in academese, but in English, and in a way ordinary people could understand. Because of this, and because the topic of male-female differences is controversial, not to say ideological, "The Female Brain" got mixed reviews. Some critics *liked it* ; others *didn't*.
I felt, though, that those who didn't like it obssessed on relatively unimportant issues, and used them as a stick to bash the whole book. They saw the trees, not the forest.
That said, I'm led to understand that an assertion in "The Female Brain" that females use three times more words in a day than males, was based on apparently faulty research, and so was excluded in the second and subsequent editions of the book. All the other research appears to have held up.
While Louann Brizendene in "The Female Brain" may not have got everything right, she likely got most things right. That's what's important. That's why you should read "The Female Brain".
As for "Hannibal and Me", although I've yet to read it, I do expect to like it, despite that its reviews have so far all been positive.