Top critical review
It simply wasn't what I had hoped, a great opportunity lost.
22 March 2017
Great history, great historical writing, is created when historians write between the historical lines and bring it to life. When they provide texture and insight to the cold hard facts and give personality and life to the figures and events of the past.
A good historian takes a dry, detail-ridden diary as the basis, the foundation, of a great story then writes a great account.
I' afraid this book was a bitter disappointment. It was flat and boring and quite honestly it felt as though someone had taken an ordinary diary, recorded in difficult circumstances and provided a literal translation. Pick up any diary not written with a publisher in mind and that's what you get - I'm not trying to detract from the original at all but the publisher and author had a duty to publish a more memoir'esq account to breathe life into it.