17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Tedious at first.....,
This review is from: The Defence of the Realm: The Authorized History of MI5 (Hardcover)
This book is factually comprehensive. I'm only a third of the way through this mighty tome, and it's just beginning to pick up with information relating to spies of my own era. The first part of this book, starting at the Security Service's inception in 1909 is like reading a telephone directory. Endless facts and figures with very little in the way of an entertaining read. Informative, yes, engaging, no. There also seems to be a strange preoccupation with people's outdoor interests. No one seems to get a mention without a list of their hobbies and pursuits following after.
I think the book is worth the effort, but I get the feeling it will become more of a reference book, rather than a real page-turner.
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Initial post: 7 Nov 2009 12:26:42 GMT
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Posted on 8 Nov 2009 09:57:13 GMT
Pay no attention to Wark's stupid comments. Rich that he should comment on liking the sound of their own voice. To state that it is bad manners to review a book that they have not read is incredible given that on his own admission he has only read 70% of the book. I would doubt that he has done so.
I was interested that you likened the first part of the book to a telephone directory and agree facts and figures are of limited real interest and do not make for a read.
In reply to an earlier post on 8 Nov 2009 12:27:33 GMT
Julian Wark says:
Mr Bauman - your sole contribution to Amazon is a review of a phone charger! Presumably you are one of those people who towers above the rest of us. When I have read the entire book and assuming I have something to contribute then I will write a review. I see no need to advertsie my limitations but cleary many others do. The Sony charger - superb review
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