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Information was wonderful...book layout was awful
on June 14, 2015
This book contained an amazing amount of detail, which I loved. I gave it 4 stars because I really hate the way the book was set up. I almost stopped reading it several times because the layout is frustrating. A portion of a story would be told, and the author would abruptly stop the story, and begin a new story, or continue a previously stopped story. The story would be picked up in 25-50 pages in the same abrupt way. The reader couldn't possibly keep these partial stories straight. I had to go back to the index and find what pages the people were mentioned on, so I could read the full story at one time. For example, the story of the Piatnitskaia family started on pp 227-234, picked up again on pp 249-251, and again on pp 288-289, and again on pp 307-315. I'm not overly familiar with Russian names, so I couldn't possibly keep all the stories straight when they were told piecemeal. If the information wasn't wonderful, I would have quit reading the book very early on.