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3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, precise language but so repetitive, 10 Dec 2013
This review is from: The War that Ended Peace: How Europe abandoned peace for the First World War (Kindle Edition)
They Were Counted (The Writing on the Wall: the Transylvanian Trilogy)

I was so excited about this book because Prof. Macmillan's general reviews have been excellent and I have just finished the Transylvanian Trilogy which she quotes (link above) so getting a better idea of the causes of WWI was of great interest.

There is no doubt that Prof. Macmillan knows her subject well but she repeats many of the circumstances that she cites as cause for war and the book seems to me a little muddled in the chronology of characters and events. It is easy reading, it is not overcomplicated, it just takes me back to school where the historical facts had to be repeated several times to ensure that us dummies did not forget them. That said, I have learned a few relevant and more irrelevant facts.

If it were not disrespectful, which is certainly not my intention, I would comment that Prof. Macmillan may have either been otherwise preoccupied during the writing of this book or her publishers may have asked her to pad it out. So many books coming on to the market at the moment do not seem to have been properly proof-read and maybe the combined pressures of Christmas and the 100th aniversary of WWI have led to the sad faults that I have found in this volume.
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Initial post: 14 Dec 2013 06:55:30 GMT
The difference might be with the fact that the Transylvanian Trilogy is fiction, whereas Macmillan's book, covering a much more complex and wider subject, is not.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Mar 2014 14:59:19 GMT
It is interesting to read that poor proof reading is not confined to self-publishing.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Mar 2014 15:53:58 GMT
H. M. Sykes says:
Yes, Miklos Banffy is writing fiction but it is based on his life and so is called today an historical novel which combines fact with a certain lattitude. Surely fact is not an excuse for sloppy writing any more than fiction. Books are either well written or not.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Mar 2014 15:55:47 GMT
H. M. Sykes says:
Yes, my step-mother recently published a book on Amazon and the proof reading was terrible. How much better to get it right first time?

Posted on 30 Mar 2014 20:25:07 BDT
hazeleyes says:
Publishers' bottom lines are increasingly slim; proof-readers, their salaries, benefits, etc., are too expensive for most publishers in this collapsed economy. Other similar evils are occurring.
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