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1.0 out of 5 stars Selective info, 24 Dec. 2008
This review is from: Sweet William or the Butcher?: The Duke of Cumberland and the '45 (Hardcover)
This book attempts to argue the point that perhaps the Duke of Cumberland's reputation as 'the Butcher' is undeserved and that he has been portrayed unfairly by history.In every aspect it fails.
You only have to read the various quotations used to realise that (as pointed out by a previous reviewer)this is a massively biased piece of work,using selective information which in any case fails to convince the reader to accept the author's opinion.Too many oversimplified opinions lacking hard evidence to back it up,this book contradicts hundreds of accounts of the government army's behaviour post-Culloden.It is rather alarming to read the authors opinion that this behaviour was required to bring the Jacobites to heel.
It is all very well looking at both points of view (Jacobite and Hanoverian)without 'sneering' at them,as a previous reviewer commented,it is also very easy for an author to declare his work to be unbiased,it is however another thing to put this impartiallity into practice and in this Jonathan Oates fails miserably.
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Initial post: 7 Mar 2009 16:51:01 GMT
Junius says:
Thanks for the opinions. All I can say is that I have looked at all the evidence I could find, which is more than anyone else has - please let me know if this is wrong - and these are my conclusions. Other writers in this field, such as Prebble, McLynn and Duffy, to name three, use far fewer sources, as you will see from their bibliographies. As someone whose book I was critising wrote to me, write your own book. Well, I did (this is my second book on the '45).

Interestingly, reviewers in Miniature Wargames, The Armourer and other publications who have reviewd this book, think I have been unbiassed.

I suspect you disagree with my conclusions and would prefer a more black and white account. I have always thought that history - or life for that matter - is rather more complex.
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