15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 27 April 2010
I am currently reading this book for the third time in two years. Having found McDonalds film engrossing I was surprised to find the book of the same title considering it had been a few years in print. Reeves book goes deeper than the film and at the same lively pace. His sources always seem credible, I was particularly impressed with his sources from old East German Stasi files giving minute details of negotiations and proceedings. Reeves portrayal is intelligent,fair and chilling. The book is a fantastic accompaniment to the film yet can stand entirely in its own right. This book takes worthy pride on my bookshelf and will do for a long time to come.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 18 October 2010
Excellent! Don't bother with the inadequate film representations of this story... Simon Reeve's work is well-written, thoroughly researched, sensitive and enthralling.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 4 February 2012
I bought this book during the 2011 Christmas giveaway when there were 12 days of Kindle book offers. The book itself is very good; informative, thorough and moves at a very good pace (at least until the last couple of chapters) and extremely pertinent in the run up to the London 2012 Olympics.
My only quibble would be that the conversion of this book into Kindle format is absolutely appalling.
The book begins with several pages of text which relate to particular photographs of the people and places in question. However the Kindle edition includes none of these actual photographs so this is at best annoying and at worst shows incredible disregard for the reading experience of someone using the Kindle. Then throughout the text there occur typos of the most basic sort and also editing instructions that have not been removed (eg. 'Delete New Paragraph'). It is as though the publisher has handed over a Word style document with no proof-reading whatsoever.
This is one of several Kindle books I have read recently with sections and photographs missing, poor use of postscript and visible editing - two others of note are The Times newspaper and Stuart Lee's recent Comedy Biography. Amazon needs to ensure that books that have Kindle editions are suitably adapted for the device and not just copied across for a quick profit at the readers expense.