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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Should have been better, October 31, 2009
This review is from: Hearst Castle: The Biography of a Country House (Hardcover)
This is one of the most photogenic estates and locations still standing. Therefore nothing less than the best photos will do. In a place like San Simeon one would expect the best artistry from the photographers. But here we get the ordinary. The photos are not near dramatic enough and the printing of the photos gives them a washed out and faded look. In addition the production quality of the book is not that great. I would expect a heavy coffee table style book with heavy paper and thick boards. This book has the appearence of a cost cutting effort. To see how to do this right look at 'Carolands' and 'Waddesdon Manor' and 'Newport Villas' and the recent Acanthus Press series on great estates. These are sumptuous volumes where great care has gone into the production. San Simeon deserves equal.
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