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Could have been so much better,
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This review is from: Heroes: Saviours, Traitors and Supermen (Paperback)
The author does not appear to have decided exactly what she wants to do here. The foreword says that these stories have relevance to modern times, and invites the reader to make parallels with current events. To me, this is an interesting but ultimately pointless exercise, as when writing of her nominated heroes (who were actually a fairly unpleasant bunch) Hughes-Hallett persists in making some often tenuous links between them and their achievements, discounting the fact that each was the product of their times, and as such, subject to the social structure of the day. As stand alone bigraphies, they would have been much better, but due to the writing style, in the end, I found for example, that when reading about Garibaldi, I did not want him compared to Achilles, Cato or others and skipped increasingly non-relevant passages. If you want to find out about each of the "heroes", I recommend you search for better books than this.