A Student of History

May 14, 2007

Dilema Resolved

Filed under: Ireland,New books — John Maass @ 7:18 pm

A few days ago, I wrote about having to chose a book to take along on a trip.  I have decided to take Iron Kingdom, by Chris Clark.  Its a history of Prussia, from 1600 to WWII.  So far it reads incredibly well, whereas William Freehling’s second volume on secession was just to jarring and tortured in its prose.  And, if you write a 700 page book on just 6 years, the presumption must be that you have written too much and have fallen victim to the writer’s primary vanity–not knowing what to leave out of a book.  It is staying home….


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