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Well researched, informative, but difficult to read
on 17 June 2005
I found this book very well researched, and I liked the fact that the author had referenced each chapter to its source - impressing on the reader that what he was writing was coming from those involved, not from the author's imagination. The depth of research Bowden has gone into is impressive, leading to a tour de force in popular military history.
Having said that, Bowden's strength is also his weakness. The journalistic style of the book makes it easy to read and fast paced - essential in a book of this nature. However, his need to include all stories from all participants makes the book confusing, and it is difficult to keep track of all the personnel involved. As a result, the book jumps about from place to place and from point in time to point in time, with a lot of "flashback" style documents of past personal histories. Also, there were points where despite his valiant attempts at impartiality, I could not help but feel that Bowden was writing a little to his audience.
All in all, though, a good read that kept me gripped.