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Lincoln's Spymaster: Thomas Haines Dudley and the Liverpool Network Hardcover – February 1, 2003
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Despite its flaw in claiming more significance for Mr. Dudley's use of intelligence than is warranted by the contents of the book itself, this book is still worth looking at for anyone interested in Confederate efforts to obtain warships built by British shipyards, or the difficulties in U.S.-British foreign relations during the Civil War. But, the interested reader should not rely on this book as a definitive or only source for either of those two subjects.Read more ›
Purchased in a bookstore situated not far from the wonderfully restored USS Constellation in a Baltimore harbor, I was quite looking forward to a memorable reading experience.
It was memorable, alright.
After the damage done by both the bizarre ending of his Acknowledgements & a disaster of an Introduction (which includes the stunning misspelling of Otto von Bismarck's name - overlooked by "editorial assistant" Ryan Masteller, "copyeditor" Joyce Bond, & "editor" Leigh Ann Berry - all three of whom also failed to notice the careless omission of the man's first name), my enthusiasm for reading LSP had been extinguished, completely.
Placed back on the shelf, it is now an on-the-cusp candidate for extinction (to be pulped). See the page margin notes for the rest of what sank the Introduction - which might have been sufficient to sink the Constellation.
Post Note (12/16/12): If I thought Stackpole's editing of the introduction to "Lincoln's Spymaster" was a mess, it was nothing compared to what the publisher shipped out in the form of "In The Fire of The Eastern Front, The Experience of a Dutch Waffen-SS Volunteer, 1941-45," by Frederick Verton (Stackpole Books 2003; see review).