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3.0 out of 5 stars
Nice try but not quite there, 6 Oct. 2009
I anticipated a collection of interesting accounts of the lives of some famous personages, but alas, I found more meanderings and duplications and some very basic information. This book could have been trimmed or the content more informatively compiled. With two authors listed, I felt I could see where one left off and the other began. Not a gentle coupling of two first class carriages at the station, more a crashing together of freight wagons. An annoying number of typographical errors cropped up and to emphasise my earlier point, duplications in content. The format became familiar, which in itself was not a problem. Firstly the account of war service, followed by a personal outline of the man pre and post war. I felt I could almost estimate the lack of excitement mounting in some accounts and was rewarded for my foreboding with a less than sparkling account of the man outside of war. Life is more interesting than this, if only time is taken to elicit the detail
All in all not a book I would recommend for the ardent WW I biography reader. This is possibly the weakest van Emden book I have read.