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From Pillaging to Prosperity: The Far-Reaching Impact of the Vikings

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The Viking Heart: How Scandinavians Conquered the World, by Arthur Herman (Mariner Books, 512 pp., $30)

The Viking Heart, the latest work by the historian Arthur Herman, is engaging, informative, and highly readable. As Herman deals with four separate topics each of which deserves a book of its own, it is also an extremely ambitious undertaking. His reach may some­times exceed his grasp, but even when that is the case the results are likely to leave readers wanting more — in a good way.

The first topic, taking up a third or so of The Viking Heart’s text, is a history of the “classic” Viking era. The second is a discussion of what happened next — the

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This article appears as “From Pillaging to Prosperity” in the October 4, 2021, print edition of National Review.

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