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Frederick L Clemens wrote:Richard, don't be down on the basis of a few reviews.
Frederick L Clemens wrote:There's a sucker born every minute. After you sell it to enough suckers, you'll forget about the negative reviews.
'Told in the words of those who conquered Poland'. Always the kind of phrase to make the heart sink, and this is indeed the weakness of this book. It is perilously close to John Keegan's critical phrase 'the historian as copy typist'.
I expected a serious history book, while obviously this work has more of the journalist approach, 'a la Cornelius Ryan' but without that author's flair.
Richard Hargreaves wrote:I think what really bugs is that there are a lot of pulp historians out there, who churn out books by the dozen (and by the numbers), who just use secondary sources. And there are people who just copy and paste personal reminiscences and make no attempt to weave a narrative together. I don't. I spend weeks at the IWM, PRO, BA-MA rooting out obscure material, digging out Feldpostbriefe, diaries and the like. So when someone writes "I can't see anything new or refreshing in this book" it really does hurt - not least because it's not true, and it's there for all to see and it basically says "second-rate author". There's a lot of material in the Normandy book never seen in English before. And probably 80 per cent of the material in the Poland book has not been used before. Not least it's a very complicated narrative. It took months to write some of the chapters such were the various pieces of the jigsaw. It was anything but the work of a copy typist...
Richard Hargreaves wrote:There is a place for deeply analytical military history, the Zetterlings, d'Estes and I take my hat off to their diligence and indefatigable research. But I also think that studying a battle statistically fundamentally misses the point. I don't often agree with Beevor, but he was spot on in his introduction to Stalingrad about Hitler coldly looking at the situation maps with no 'feel' for the reality.
lexiebabe wrote:I won't say I took the easy way, but for the first print I turned to lulu.com. It was a kind of selfpublishing.
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