Top positive review
shocking events - well worth reading
on 16 January 2017
The events of this book, in which an innocent man is found guilty of treason, based on supposition, bigotry and forged evidence almost defy belief. That officials should then fabricate more evidence to cover the original forgeries, often based on their absolute conviction of guilt in the face of clear facts, covering for each other and supported by elements of the state show again what can happen when racism, bigotry and self interest coincide.
This is a sobering book, often shocking, and occasionally discursive, which recounts events of just over 100 years ago in one of the most civilised countries on earth at the same time and in much the same place as Monet was creating some of his greatest masterpieces. Shocking indeed. The writing style seems to fluctuate - sometimes reading like a thriller, sometimes in going into detail of some of the more minor figures of the Affair and a little hard going. Well worth reading though especially if this would be the first book you have read about the Dreyfuss Affair