If you have the interest in the subject, it is a good read.
Found it to be tedious and disjointed - written like a college thesis, trying to impress the reader with as many facts thrown into a sentence as possible.
Overall, this is an excellent book for those interested in European monarchs, the 1850-1918 time period, or a good biography.
A great book about a bad person -- yes, I think Franz Joseph was a bad person. Too bad the assassination attempt on him failed.Published 6 months ago by Tim Proeber
An excellent description of the times of Francis Joseph, one of the longest reigning monarchs of Europe, his personal tragedies, and his view on how to keep his large Empire... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lyalya
Similar to previous reviews I have read, it is very distracting to see names Anglicanized by the author. It is FRANZ Joseph, not Francis. Read morePublished 16 months ago by melalbert
If you have the interest in the subject, it is a good read. If not, then it will be of little interest as the writing style can be boring at times. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Brutus
This is the most disappointing biography I've read recently. Palmer's style is dry and boring, but worse than that he's horribly biased in how he presents information, and also... Read morePublished on October 23, 2012 by Ashes in Bloom
a CLEAR SUMMARY OF THE MAIN EVENTS IN THE LIFE OF A MAN STRUGGLING TO HOLD HIS EMPIRE TOGETHER WHILE HAVING TO COPE WITH PERSONAL TRAGEDY.Published on August 11, 2012 by Rowland Atcherley
As a regular reader of biographies (just finished a wonderful book on Talleyrand), was really disappointed. Read morePublished on March 16, 2008 by H. N. Bergstrom