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5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling story and an excellent read, 19 May 2011
This review is from: Hide and Seek: The Irish Priest in the Vatican who Defied the Nazi Command. The dramatic true story of rivalry and survival during WWII. (Hardcover)
As a full-time professional historian it takes quite a lot to get me to pick up a work of history for pleasure. But I knew Stephen Walker's previous book 'Forgotten Soldiers' and had enjoyed that and so thought I'd delve into this one. I was not at all disappointed. Although the story is not a new one, Walker tells it with a fresh eye and great pace, foregrounding the relationship between O'Flaherty and Kappler. That relationship is a game of 'Hide and Seek' as the title suggests but eventually becomes one of reconciliation. There are gaps in the available primary sources which could have hindered the story-telling. But Walker does very well with what material there is, and he develops his interpretations as far as possible without stepping into speculation. That is a credit to the rigour with which he has approached the subject. The story is a compelling one with much for all to enjoy, from the overall narrative to the asides about O'Flaherty's skill at golf. Overall, this book is an excellent read and I recommend it highly.
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