Let me admit to being a little partisan about this book. One of my closest friends is the current Prinz von Hohenzollern-Emden, grandson of the author of this book. He and I had spoken about how Emden came to be added to the family name and, as a writer, it was something that interested me as a chapter in a new book. Distrusting online research I decided to buy a copy and use it as my research material, thinking I would skim through. I didn't, I neglected my writing and read it. The amount of detail gives a fascinating insight into this piece of history - and I am not normally that interested in 20th century history. It isn't just the war interest, there is human, or rather cat interest included. I'm hugely privileged to have access to the diary that was the basis of this book. The prinz is typically modest about his own role and does not seek to overdramatise what happened; it's like Stendhal's description of the Battle of Waterloo, casual and unfrightening.