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on 6 August 2015
Brilliant read
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on 25 April 2017
I was a little worried this would be trashy, especially given the "butcher" subtitle, but it's actually a serious and well-researched book. There are some drawbacks: it was published just after Barbie's extradition, but before his trial, which seems odd timing and leaves the book feeling a little up-in-the-air. There are also number of typos and misprints. But research in this area is very difficult and Bower does not indulge in speculation. It is a little short and skims over phases of the life; I don't think Bower knew much about Barbie's Peruvian and Bolivian post-war phase (perhaps nobody living does) and that period, 1971-83, is dealt with in a mere fifty pages . I suspect Bower has been superseded by the more recent Peter McFarren book, but if you want a cheap, easy-reading biography, this will do. Most of what is in this book is well covered by Marcel Ophuls's 'Hotel Terminus', a film I recommend without reservation, which has the further advantage over the book of some wonderful coverage of the Barbie trial and interviews with many of the main protagonists including Barbie's defence lawyer.
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on 3 October 2013
A factual hard read and great if you want to know the ins and outs of the nazi invasion, occupation and devastation that occured.
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on 30 November 2013
well me being a meat butcher by trade i thought that this klaus geezer was a real butcher cutting up meat and the like, boohoo ill look again, anyone got any suggestions?
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on 10 May 2010
This is a good read for anyone trying to learn (more) about Klaus Barbie, the infamous Butcher of Lyon. The book is well-researched and interesting, though it gets a bit confusing in places because there is too much detail on things that are irrelevant, such as the names and numbers of various agency departments and the like. This makes reading somewhat cumbersome, though it obviously shows as well the depth of research that went into the book. The book contains quite a few photos that supplement the text and it's altogether a very good read (albeit quite gory in some places).
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on 28 November 2013
Great book, if you like this kind of reading then this is the book for you! Good story as well, as a great author!
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on 28 September 2009
Having ordered this used copy, I wondered what condition the book would be in, in relation to the description. I am delighted with it and the transaction. Well done to all concerned, it has given me confidence for the next time I need to search for a book.
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