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Promising subject let down by bad journalism
on 27 February 1998
Although this book makes an amusing read, it is sadly spoiled by bad journalism. In researching the stories behind these Broadway flops, the author seems to have been happy to talk to one person involved and take their word for everything. This leads to some serious inaccuracies. Any researcher knows to get the story from a number of sides, but Mandelbaum reports gossip as truth, and fails to check up on the most simple of facts. As a result, the text is littered with inaccuracies, half-truths, and spurious statements. In the hands of a better journalist this might have been a great book, but it sadly cannot be relied upon for any accuracy.