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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP12 Apr 2019 4:01 p.m. PST

"Terry Smyth is an award-winning journalist, writer on historical topics, maker of programs for the ABC and a working musician. I have to admit to being suspicious of a history book with the subtitle The Incredible Story of Bonaparte's Secret Plan to Invade Australia, particularly when looking up his other works. I discovered this is his second Incredible Story. The first was about Australian gangsters in California.

The book is well researched and with good sources and notes, so why does the author feel the need to suggest what people were thinking? How does he know Bennelong Ďis more bemused than impressed' by London (page 12)? Unlike Smyth, I do find it difficult to imagine Bennelong chuckling when the French are also called savages by the London press…."

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AussieAndy12 Apr 2019 4:36 p.m. PST

The title was enough to make me steer clear of that one, but, if the review is anything to go on, it should be avoided like the plague. Penguin Random House really should know better.

Thanks Tango.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Apr 2019 12:04 p.m. PST

A votre service mon ami!. (smile)


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