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Better structure would have made it a better book
on 5 June 2013
I am a fan of Edward Lucas but he has definitely not produced his best with this effort.
While I think he does enough to support his central premise, the writing lacks structure and the stories seemed, to me, to be all over the place. Not only did I find the chapter order to be disjointed, but I also felt the narrative within chapters was not always sequential. The mixture of first and third person accounts is perhaps understandable, but at times I was unable to distinguish between non-fictional narration and plain story-telling. That said, the author otherwise references well and knows his stuff.
I was also quite annoyed by the number of typos and formatting problems, including repeat sentences, in the Kindle version.
This book was written by a man who shows he is very comfortable in this space and who has good research and analytical skills. However, I really think the book would have been much better had more attention been paid to structuring to make the delivery smoother. 7/10