If you're looking to learn the history of England in a concise book, I'll warn you that this is not the one you want. But its misleading title is probably its worst aspect.
Rather than being a history of England, this book is *about* the history of England. It's a commentary, and it may be a good one. But if you don't know the backstory, then the commentary can be frustrating. There are a lot of statements of this general form: "What happened next was not only [this], but it was actually [that]." Well, great. But what was it that actually happened next? It doesn't say, but goes on to discuss the implications. There are many references to people and events that are deep in the backstory.
All that said, I think the book provides some interesting views on English history, but you'll be at a disadvantage if you don't know the history all that well.
This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers.