So you say it's pointless and others say its dedication page was politically offensive. But it's worth leaving that one book out, while the earlier "By the Book", "What Price Honor?" and "Surak's Soul" are supposedly essential reading? If you're going to recommend the OP reads the entire ENT series, why insist that that one book you didn't care for has to be left out? It relies heavily on knowledge of the Xindi arc but it's not as well integrated as "The Dominion War" TNG duology? Still puzzled.