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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read, 9 Jun 2009
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This review is from: The War Magician: The True Story of Jasper Maskelyne (Paperback)
I can't for the life of me understand why the previous reviewers are so sceptical and critical of this book. What's the problem?

So what if it mixes historical narrative with supposed conversations between Maskelyn and his fellow Magic Gang members?

Although it was relatively undemanding to read, I found `The War Magician' superbly entertaining, informative and revealing. I regard it as a significant plus that `The War Magician' isn't bogged down in a dry-as-dust recital of military operations and strategy in the N African desert campaign of WWII.

Fisher should be applauded for writing in a style which has managed to humanise the subject. This is a rare feat in what can be a dry subject area. That he has achieved this so successfully, makes `The War Magician' far more readable as a result.

If readers crave a hugely comprehensive and in-depth overview of deception techniques used by the British in WWII, then they ought to try Holt's book, mentioned previously.

However, `The War Magician' does exactly what it says on the tin: it focuses on Maskelyne - the man, the illusionist, the forgotten hero of WWII.

A cracking read. Thumbs up.
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Initial post: 8 Oct 2012 16:55:51 BDT
Fisher did not humanise the subject, he fantasised it. It is totally unbelievable.
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