on 12 April 2005
An interesting book and one which appears to be a labour of love for the author. The book is an fascinating read about a very contradictory man. The author also comments on and corrects certain aspects of the Spielberg film as well.
However, there are certain aspects of the book which could have been done better, ie proof reading, using better writing style and more adjectives, fact checking, spelling, removing certain "presentational styles" (ie constantly putting costs, place names, etc in brackets which breaks up the narrative) and more photographs.
A series of maps would have been a great help and rather than constantly putting the different spellings in brackets, why not have another appendix?
On the whole, a good read let down by some very basic mistakes hence only 4 stars
on 27 January 2007
A somewhat scholarly and academic work (unsurprisingly, as the author is an academic), yet an excellent book nevertheless with much cross referencing of the facts against Thomas Keneally's semi-ficticious "Schindler's Ark" and the film "Schindler's List". I thought the latter two works also excellent, but Crowe's book successfully identifies where the novelist and film director take an alternative path. A "must" for anyone wanting to follow in Oskar's trail in Poland and the Czech Republic.