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Great story, shame how long it took to tell it
on 10 February 1999
Ronin Ro has clearly done his homework. And the fruits of that are for all to see, in this 380 page book that should be about half this length. It's not really as if Ro has chosen to overload us with detail - the facts which he includes are generally salient and interesting. It's just that they tend to be repeated ad infinitum. This book is in desperate need of an editor. To be told (in almost identical terms) who someone is twice on the same page, is sloppiness of a very high order (unless it was intended to be read by someone with the attention span of a flea). That said, there's a great and fascinating story here - and Ro can clearly write. It's just a shame that getting through this book is such a frustrating experience.