Well enough researched to tell the average amateur historian what they already know. But the prose style is like it's wriiten for a college assignment. "Franz walked through the ruined street. Franz was hungry. Franz knew there was no food because Germany had lost the war. Franz had enjoyed flying...." Comparisons to Ambrose are over-generous. Ambrose can write.
Can you list the books from your childhood that had a long-lasting impact? I can think of two or three. One was "The Eagle of the Ninth". I remember being very impressed when my teacher told me how well researched were the books by Rosemary Sutcliff and how if it happened in her stories you could believe it happened that way in real life (within reason). That made a real impact. I think "Stones For My Father" has a similar quality to it. Knowing that it is well researched, knowing that all these events happened and that someone surely had similar experiences to the main character, Corie, makes the story so much more important. I think it will be remembered by children who read it… Read more