How Orcadian technological innovations over the last decades – a smart grid, micro-turbines, hydrogen fuel, marine power etc – are leading the way for low-carbon expertise while generating surplus energy.
A riveting biography of the Scottish economist John Law who became Controller General of Finance in France during the minority of Louis XV. He was also the richest private citizen in Europe with ideas astonishingly ahead of his time, including a preference for paper money and central banking. His ship turned turtle when the Mississippi Company bubble burst; thereafter he lived from gambling and died a poor man in Venice.
A riveting, closely researched account by the pre-eminent author on Scottish history. What happened appears to have been far more complex than the politically motivated account that has prevailed since the 1960s.