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31 of 38 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Execrable Editing, November 16, 2003
This review is from: Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill: A Brief Account of a Long Life (Hardcover)
This already short book should be about 50 pages shorter yet. It is laced with repeated quotes, phrases, and facts. The first time you read that Churchill carried a lance in one of history's last cavalry charges, it's fascinating. The second time, it's a surprise to see the statement repeated almost verbatim. The third time, it's an insult.
Again and again (and again), this pattern is repeated. On one page, the same clause from a Churchill quote appears three times. Enough already. It's bad enough that the writer made this mistake, but it's unforgivable for the editor to let it pass for publication in this shape. By paring 50 pages off the manuscript, it would be just what it claims to be -- not a bad short rehash of the existing Churchill biographies.
Save your money. Get another Churchill biography.
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