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Sane Max28 Nov 2011 3:23 a.m. PST

My local 2nd hand bookshop has this in, for 4

good? bad? Opionions?

Pat

Only Warlock28 Nov 2011 5:18 a.m. PST

I thought it was Quite good. Well worth the cash at full cover price.

Dan Beattie Supporting Member of TMP28 Nov 2011 2:26 p.m. PST

Extremely well-written as befits Safire. Fascinating historical characters, well-drawn. A few errors and several imaginative scenes and many imagined conversations. Spurious sex scenes added to spice things up.

Personal logo gamertom Supporting Member of TMP28 Nov 2011 4:46 p.m. PST

It's well worth the money as long as you remember it is partially fiction. His portrayal of Lincoln as politician is masterful. To quote from his "Note to the Reader"

"If you want to look over the author's shoulder, consult "Sources and Commentary" in the back of the book. That underbook separates fact from fiction and makes judgments on the historical controversies raised.

In general, the credibility quotient is this: if the scene deals with war or politics, it is fact; if it has to do with romance, it is fiction; if it is outrageously and obviously fictional, it is fact."

kevin smoot28 Nov 2011 7:58 p.m. PST

buy it. you'll be glad you did

Sane Max29 Nov 2011 1:44 a.m. PST

I dunno…. 4.00 seems a lot for a thousand pages by one of the greatest unsung writers of the 20th century… *smile*

oh go on then, I shall push out the boat.

Thanks all.

Pat

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