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Tito (Life & Times) Paperback – May 1, 2006
Top Customer Reviews
Neil Barnett's book presents Marshall Tito as well as any book thus far written or translated. An excellent book about a man as complex as the region he comes from.
But the writing is irritatingly poor, and seems to have been spared the attentions of a proofreader. In consequence, one constantly trips over sentences that should read smoothly.
1) There are missing words, and misplaced words -- presumably where a sentence has been revised, but left in a jumble.
2) He doesn't know his tenses, so we have "the Germans sprung [sic] Operation Schwarz". Good grief.
3) He can't punctuate. There are misplaced apostrophes. And missing commas that obscure meaning until the third attempt at reading some sentences.
4) He can't spell Führer. At all.
5) Some intriguing information prompted me to look up his footnote 52 -- only to find that notes 45 to 60 are entirely missing: we go from 44 straight to 61.
Then there are the terrible factual errors: wrong year for Franz Ferdinand's assassination in Sarajevo; wrong day for Hitler's invasion of Poland.
And on and on. I get better stuff from my undergraduate students. Frequently.
"If you friggin' loved it so much, then why not a 5-star review?" you ask. Well I'll tell ya why: I found a few typos and inconsistencies, for instance the helpful timeline of Tito's life and world events at the back of the book lists a different date for his death (should I have said "SPOILER ALERT!"? Anyway, if you weren't already aware, yes, Tito is dead) than the last chapter does, which felt a little hasty.
That said, I did enjoy the book and will likely look into other biographies from this series when next I get a hankering to learn more about random historical figures.