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Excellent book, well written and well judged opinions
on 8 March 2014
As others have commented this book is based on secondary sources such as the works of great historians like Marder and more recently Massie. The author is very upfront about this in the introduction and makes no claims that his work is based on a fresh examination of primary sources. The book includes quotes from many of these other works throughout the book, generally to add colour to the writers opinions of people or events or to support the writers judgements. The book is broad in scope yet also includes enough detail to give the book depth and the opinions and judgements are sound. Written in a very engaging style the book carries the reader along with it and it never feels laboured or flat. Whilst those who have the works of Marder and Massie will not find anything new in this book it is still a very enjoyable and well written book and worth reading. For those who have an interest in the subject and who are looking for a good book to discover more about this fascinating subject then this may be an easier to read, more engaging book than Massie and certainly than Marder. What really makes me wince is the Kindle edition price, 77p for a recently published book of this quality is an insult to the writer and at the price a 5* is fully deserved. Recommended highly.