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on 30 August 2011
I wanted to love this book as I find the subject matter captivating. A decent introduction sets up what could be an interesting read but half a dozen pages in my interest waned. The problem is the repetition, photo after photo after photo of what eventually appear to be the same dilapidated buildings and deserted rooms. And that's pretty much it. Maybe this isn't aimed at the casual reader such as me - in fact the intro says as much when it assumes the reader (by virtue of buying the book) is already familiar with the cold war and its history. Whilst I'm sure the 5-star reviewers will disagree, but for me this needs something more than just 100s of photos of empty rooms and buildings half-sticking out of the ground to hold the reader's interest. For example, it would have been be nice to see some blueprints helping me contextualise the rooms I was looking at, or maybe even read the odd bio or anecdote from someone who worked a bunker.
Voluminous and well researched, but for purists only.