A pageturner, which gives a clear and complete account of what led up to one of the last colonial conflicts of Great Britain. A balanced account, mostly about the politics, because there wasn't much of a war. As an aside: my thoughts kept returning to Dennis Potter's Lipstick on Your Collar [DVD]. Highly advisable to watch this after reading the book!
Most people not from Denmark probably have their attention drawn to Borgen by way of The Killing. "Made by the makers of...!" I'm sorry to say Borgen is not up to par. The greatest quality of The Killing was its singlemindedness. All 20 episodes of The Killing I were pointing in one direction, the finding of the killer. We got to know several different worlds: the police, local politics, the victim's family and how they intertwined. Each episode ended with a cliffhanger and left me yearning for more; there wasn't a neat wrapping-up which betrays the hand of the writer. Not so in Borgen. Although it starts out promisingly, from the third episode onward each episode is self-contained, setting out the problem, the development and the resolution. Much like the format of loads of television series. Of course there are the elements of continuity spread out over the episodes, but they're mostly on a personal level and not really relevant to the main proposition of the series, which is about politics. In this way Borgen becomes very much a run-of-the-mill series. Good acting, interesting characters, but hard to believe and quite boring when it comes to the depiction of politics.
An interesting and well treated story, but what makes me write a review here is the beauty of the sentences which Wrong produces. It's highly unusual in a non-fiction book to see such well crafted language, which simply adds to the enjoyment of a well told history.