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on 18 November 2013
I have been reading the " history in an hour " series which I found well written and informative,
These " a very brief" series by Mark Black are really "very" poorly written to the point where you think the author is taking the Mick /P***. Do Amazon do any quality checks?I'd like my 77p back
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on 24 January 2014
This is a hard review to write as one always tries to temper one's sympathy to the efforts of the author. However in this case it is hard, very hard, as this book is of such poor quality.

First of all contextually the overall prose of the book does not read well. There is no easy going flow, drama or fluidity but a simple regurgitating of facts and very often those are terribly disjointed.

Secondly the content is not even up to par of an accurately endorsed Wikipedia entry. In fact a straight lift from Wikipedia would have availed the author to a higher degree of accuracy. He desperately needs to re write his references to the codes used for D Day and beyond so that they mesh together accurately, correctly and in an easier more readable format.

Finally, the grammar, it is simply appalling. I highlighted 62 grammatical errors. These ranged from words simply left out, spelling errors, lack of punctuation, poor use of punctuation, no spaces and many poorly written sentences.

In short the author could not have proof read this book or for that matter given it to another to do so instead. This is diabolical considering the short length of the actual book itself.

In addition the inclusion of the disclaimer against errors or omissions at the end is also insulting. In my view if you are selling a book for money you have an implied responsibility that it achieves a basic standard. This book does not!

In short, this book is the worst book I have 'ever' read let alone reviewed (91 to date). As for the 5* reviews on here, guys/girls you simply must be friends or family! My advice-avoid at all costs!
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on 20 July 2013
Barely adequate coverage of this major event. Contains some amazlng inaccuracies; according to this book Britain's monrch in WWII was George IV and the US delegation at the Teheran conference was led by Eisenhower.
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on 11 November 2013
If you know nothing about D-Day it is may be an account to excite your interest. There are significant omissions, perhaps understandable in a brief account, but there also astonishing inaccuracies and errors.
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on 18 June 2013
All in all not a bad read. It is a good starting point for anyone who is just beginning to learn about the event, or just a very brief recap.
It doesn't include a vast amount of detail, however it is something worth having in the collection.
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on 30 November 2013
I've read a few of the history in an hour books and this is another great one, it gives you all the information you want to know missing out on the boring bits and getting straight to facts.
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on 31 December 2013
The style and spelling is American. Every few paragraphs the same information is repeated. Makes very monotonous going, probably won't finish it. Lacks the clarity of others in the series
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on 7 March 2013
I like to think of myself as having a decent knowledge of D Day and the build up to the invasion and afterwards but would recommend this book for those that wish to refresh their memory of the main points of the actual events of June the 6th 1944. Short, clear and concise.
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on 4 September 2015
Great read, good price, fast delivery
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on 4 July 2014
Fascinating read.
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