To quote a line from the Notes & Documents section - "I had no illusions about his character but I had an admiration for his success ...". Finally, a book that sets out not to cast further criticism over Maxwell's international dealings (in my opinion, this is left to the reader) but to set the record straight. Taking the authors at their word, the book appears to have been extensively and authoratively researched. Maxwell, a fascinating character from modern history deserves to be remembered for his unrelenting support of Israel, for his ability to construct one of the most world's most far reaching and tangled business empires, but also for his humanity and the mistakes that so many of us are capable of making from time to time. I hope this becomes one of the authoritative studies into Maxwell's history. Anyone with an interest in international business, the break up of the FSU and the intertwined roles of intelligence and commerce should buy this. You will not be disappointed. On a final note, for me, the character and strength of Betty Maxwell will stand out forever.