IMO, If you are looking for a good overview of Church history from an Orthodox perspective, then The Orthodox Church by Ware is about as good as it gets. I've read a few others (Nicozisin, Schmemann, etc.), and they are not even close. The theology section probably has a few rivals (Pomazansky, etc.), but those rivals don't usually have their theological discourse combined with a historical one in the same book. I've read a few critiques of the newer versions of the Orthodox Church, and while some of the points have merit, most seem rather nit-picky to me. The only two major points of contention that I've seen consistently are the following:
- Ware has softened what he says about contraception. Those against contraception see it as an outright distortion and lapse into modernism, while everyone else either doesn't care or doesn't see what the big deal is.
- Ware popularized (and perhaps coined?) the phrase about "knowing where the Church is, but not where the Church is not". Some see in this the influence of false ecumenism, others see a moderate voice that has always been present (if not always the majority) within Orthodoxy.