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Good and bad ..,
This review is from: The Wall: The People's Story (Hardcover)
I came to this book having just read Mary Fulbrook's "The People's State", so was perhaps in the frame of mind for a more academic read. The good things about this book: clearly carefully researched, contained many first-person accounts, including the author's personal recollections, and was quite easy to read. The bad: at some points I thought I was reading a Dan Brown novel thanks to the rather over-dramatic style (not to my taste - as a previous reviewer mentioned, I could have done without the chapter full of "he would do such-and-such again - but not until 1989!"), a very Western viewpoint ("the GDR was BAD; its people were ALL PRISONERS") and a mediocre copy editor. Some first-person passages were clearly verbatim and had a stilted translation which could have been tidied up. In some passages, particularly where the author described geography relating to the Wall, I was completely baffled by his explanation, and although diagrams were provided, they strangely didn't seem to be of the more complex areas and enclaves he discussed, which would have been helpful. Sadly these minor irritations detracted from what could have been a great book.