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5.0 out of 5 stars Reliable!
I've been using the Almanac Gotha for decades! Excellent source of reference on Royal Genealogy. Updated, accurate, totally reliable! I'm very happy with it
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good for specialists, but a failure as a book.
The actual book is fine, and a useful reference, but it increased in size and volume, including a attempt at what used to be called the Annuaire Diplomatique that is all too similar to what one might find from the basic CIA Country Handbook which is freely online. Had that section been integrated in any informative way with the genealogy, it would be very interesting...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good for specialists, but a failure as a book., 27 Oct 2012
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This review is from: Almanach de Gotha 2012: Volume I Parts I & II (Hardcover)
The actual book is fine, and a useful reference, but it increased in size and volume, including a attempt at what used to be called the Annuaire Diplomatique that is all too similar to what one might find from the basic CIA Country Handbook which is freely online. Had that section been integrated in any informative way with the genealogy, it would be very interesting. Instead it just adds hundreds of pages. The typography remains no improvement on the earlier English editions, poorly set, it wastes hundreds of pages, presenting information and entries with zig zag gutters, some so far as less than half the page is utilised. There remains no equivalent, but purely on practical matters of print quality, it is immensely disappointing, lacking cohesive indexes, and poorly short of illustration. When you first approach this work, unless you know what you are looking for, and why, it does not present as a accessible reference. There is just so much you might want to know about the histories of the families, their geography of territory they claimed when royal, and the lineage political between the family names and current descendants, that the whole, unless you have a specific reason to seek it out, is not a enjoyable production. The impression is that the editors, and there is no record of the editor John James having experience in any related field, were simply careless or inconsiderate as to the content and their audience. A essential book, if you are interested in the highly specific material, but complete disappointing compared with a fraction of what could have been achieved.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reliable!, 23 Oct 2013
This review is from: Almanach de Gotha 2012: Volume I Parts I & II (Hardcover)
I've been using the Almanac Gotha for decades! Excellent source of reference on Royal Genealogy. Updated, accurate, totally reliable! I'm very happy with it
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