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Where's the Documentation?,
This review is from: Their Last Suppers: Legends of History and Their Final Meals (Hardcover)
I hate to be the "party pooper" in regard to rating this book, but having taught history for 25 years, evaluation instincts die hard!! While the book made for interesting reading, I could not swallow some of the information that was presented as facts. The number one glaring "red light" for me was there was NO list of resources/references. There was a VERY brief list of credits for pictures that was included in back of the book, but there was NO bibliography.
Much of the book relied on hearsay, folklore, and deductions for relating the stories and recipes. Why would anyone spend time researching and writing a book without including what resources were used, if any?
For me, I could not accept this book as a valid non-fiction book. The idea for the book was a great one, but it must be viewed as a book of fiction.