4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Impressive but flawed - the subject and the book.,
This review is from: Bismarck: A Life (Hardcover)I have enjoyed reading this book, and it demonstrates hugely impressive learning. I enjoyed the author's personal interjections of outrage at some of Bismarck's most appalling examples of dishonesty. Many academic authors maintain a cool detachment, but Professor Steinberg's explicit moral reactions add to the appeal of the book.
I would agree with the previous reviewer, though, about the need for some stringent editing in places. Anyone who isn't already very well versed in mid-19thC Prussian history will be confused at times, especially by the plethora of multi-barrelled aristocratic German names.
Overall, I would certainly recommend the book to anyone interested in German and European modern history. It isn't always an easy read, but it is certainly interesting and rewarding.
I do wish, though, that publishers would employ more rigourous editors!