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A precis of a great writer's great works
on 21 February 2014
I am not a great fan of Kindle, and, having borrowed this facility from a friend I am even more entrenched in that view. As other reviewers have remarked, the editing is sub standard and does not do justice to the author. I am a long standing admirer of Richard Hough, who is to me one of the most outstanding writers on Britiish naval history in the last half century. In my own writing (The Lion and the Eagle) I have sometimes had to curtail my quoting of him in his descriptions of men and actions simply because he would have become, by proxy, the joint author! This, though is not the book of his that you should be reading. Instead, get off the Kindle and read 'The Pursuit of Admiral von Spee' or 'Former Naval Person', or anything he has written about Fisher. I defy anyone to read his account of Coronel without profound emotion. When I was writing my version of the story, I just let half a page go in quotation marks simply because there was no point in trying to match perfection (and perfection was the subject of the paragraph). If you do not know Richard Hough's work, do not take this bodge edit as an example. If you are fascinated with the subject, check out his many books, and select at leisure. This book is basically a condensation of many other works, and is inferior to all of them. And, sorry Kindle- get your edititing up to scratch. This deserves better.