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A Reprint of "Much Ado About Nothing",
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This review is from: The Hotel on Place Vendome: Life, Death, and Betrayal at the Hotel Ritz in Paris (Hardcover)
This is the most poorly written and superficial "history" book that I have ever read. It is so full of factual errors that it is almost impossible to absorb them, and the author makes statements throughout the book which have no truth whatsoever. They are far too numerous to mention, but a few of them include her statement that the American Assimilated Colonel Fred Wardenburg was called away from a hotel in Washington late one evening in 1944 and was at the Ritz Hotel in Paris the following morning. If his aircraft had flown by the fastest possible route, stopping only at Gander or Goose Bay, and then at Shannon or Prestwick, he would not have arrived in Paris until the following night.
This may seem trivial, but it is an example of the author's complete disinterest in facts. Another is her claim that Ernest Hemingway committed suicide ay his home in Key West. He did not. It was at his home in Ketchum, Idaho..
The author makes statements as though they were facts, when there is not a shred of truth to them. It is beyond pitiful, and a disgrace to literature.
It is sad that anyone would publish such a book., The publisher's proof reader left an unnecessary "t" after the word "only" on page 16. Very sloppy this. I wish I had my money back..
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Initial post: Jul 7, 2014 6:15:38 AM PDT
Marianne Rosenberg says:
Agree that this book is bereft of any accuracy. it is a book of speculative gossip, not history.
Posted on Dec 30, 2014 6:57:37 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 30, 2014 7:00:30 AM PST
E. D. says:
Agreed. In the very early pages, I came across the first example of lazy writing/research, making me doubt all that follows. Diaghilev was hardly "lithe" nor a "ballet star." He was a physically substantial person, an impresario, a producer. Sadly, this author has garnered kudos for her books, but if they are as riddled with inaccuracies as this one, Colby College and all the supporting foundations should take a second look at them.
Posted on Nov 24, 2015 6:16:44 PM PST
I did enjoy this book, but this author needs to do fact checking. I emailed her that there was a (really obvious) mistake on page 219, where she says that the DuKe and Duchess of Windsor spent the Second World War in Bermuda. It's very easy to find out they spent the war in the Bahamas. The author didn't reply to me, which is not too smart since I did write a favorable blurb for my local bookstore on this book. I didn't feel it was a serious history book, more like a society-type story, but I did like the read.
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