I just finished reading every chapter, all 660 pp....Golden Age is a true tour de force skillfully researched and executed - Thank You, Neil! I will continue to randomly re-read chapters to absorb more. The book-build is wonderful, profusely illustrated with superb quality figures and images.
Regarding the author's personal perspective and analysis: Readers should appreciate that the composition is, above all else... biographical! Therefore apropos that Neil's own personality shines through. If that piques some snowflakes' prejudices --- time to expand and celebrate the full rainbow of perspectives! Tom