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5.0 out of 5 stars Italy's sorrow, 8 May 2010
This review is from: Italy's Sorrow: A Year of War 1944-45 (Hardcover)
A superb book, beautifully written, I have nothing to add to the other five-star reviews other than to agree with them. I'm glad Holland is young and we can look forward to much more from him - he possesses a very rare gift of clarity and human understanding; he cares about the people he is writing about, and his well-reasoned conclusions on areas of dispute are always valuable. (Mark Clark's lunge for Rome particularly). My only gripe is the horrible quality of the book's production - sure, the design and typesetting are fine, but oh how I wished for a properly sewn copy as I prised mine open, having to keep pressure on it all the time as I read so that a good read was timed by the ache in my thumbs, with the plates popping out as the wretched 'perfect binding' gave way. Holland's superb narrative deserved a far better fate. I would happily have paid much, much more for a sewn edition. I would like Amazon to list three types of book, not just hardback and paperback - you know the latter is going to be 'perfect bound' and forgivably so for economy, but to list instead 'paperback', 'sewn and cased', and ''perfect bound' cased'. In fact I'd prefer another term for the third, like 'trash-glued in case' - you really do need a vice to prise open this horror, and the book is so good in every other respect.
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