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This review, which is filled with shocking factual errors, dramatizes the way THE TIMES now avoids choosing knowledgeable academic specialists. Hochschild's book is by far the best general survey we have of the British abolitionist movement. It is also based on very impressive research. Marilynne Robinson (and THE TIMES' editors) don't even know the dates of the American Revolution. David Brion Davis Sterling Professor of History Emeritus, Yale