The subject matter is fascinating - the author went through hell and lived to tell about a unique facet of WWII history. But the story is not well told. In his overarching desire to demonstrate the authenticity of the details, the author includes an endless amount of them. The story is lost in the details. Multiple accounts of similar events from 3rd parties are provided/quoted - and the author's narrative is lost. When he picks it up again it is not necessarily from the same spot. He often references individuals not previously introduced which makes it impossible to follow. Lots of documents are provided - some interesting and mostly not so much, with a connection to the story not always there - they could have gone into an appendix.
Overall I'd say the book badly needs an editor - it looks like it might have benefited from editorial guidance and several more drafts.
- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd (19 February 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1848325231
- ISBN-13: 978-1848325234
- Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 2.5 x 24.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 880 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)