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2.0 out of 5 stars Badly written but fascinating topic, 8 Mar 2013
This review is from: The Last Kaiser: William the Impetuous (Paperback)
I was quite surprised at how badly written this book is- indeed, at one point I checked the blurb to see if the author was a native English speaker. I suppose the fault lies with the editor- still, it's a pity that such an interesting subject should be written about so poorly. The author has an annoying habit of assuming we already possess quite arcane information. Thus he tells us that the Kaiser affronted his cousin the King of Bulgaria in some obscure way- I think the book mentions 'the postern gate'- and I couldn't for the life of me guess at what the Kaiser had done to make his cousin so angry. My interest piqued, I Googled the incident and found out that the Kaiser had slapped his cousin on the bottom while the latter was looking out of a window.
I suppose people who know a lot about the Kaiser are already familiar with the story but I don't see how an ordinary bloke like me was supposed to guess what this sinister sounding 'postern gate' business was about.
The book leaves a lot of questions unanswered. What was the Kaiser's reaction to the killing of the Tzar? Did he know his people had sent Lenin over in a sealed train to foment trouble for his cousin?
Anyway, hope someone can suggest a better introduction to a fascinating subject.
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