This book is an excellent read. The style itself is casual yet engaging while dealing with significant content. Sheridan does not hector but gently informs from what would appear to be a vast reservoir of thought and reading on his subject matter. There are even some laugh out loud moments (like his simile: "as safe as an undergraduate degree at a university with trigger warnings"). The second half of the book is like being at a dinner party with many of the movers and shakers of Australian society. Think: Malcolm Turnbull, Tony Abbott, Bill Shorten, Penny Wong, Christine Keneally to name just some, and prominent clerical figures - Rod McArdle, Anthony Fisher - are in there too. But this is no ordinary Australian dinner party where people discuss the footy and the weather. Here, the leaders of Australian society reflect on what makes them tick; their innermost thoughts and motivations are revealed and it truly does (surprising though that may sound) make for riveting reading. Sheridan's exegesis, of the role of the Judeo-Christian tradition in the evolvement of Western society should be compulsory reading for all who claim: "Religion does more harm than good". Again, without hectoring, Sheridan circumscribes history such that the pivotal role of Christianity in the formation of a just society is illuminated. In my opinion, this book should be on the reading list for senior students in all faith-based Christian schools and, ideally, far beyond. If we don't know where we came from how can we know where we are going? I'm off to buy another copy of this book for a friend whose birthday is coming up. I'm not going to loan out my copy; I want to read it again!