Excoriating Reviews.

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  1. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    I like a nice vicious book review, despite being personally not very good at it.

    Share 'em here.

    Recent Churchill:
    What the Marxist Tariq Ali gets wrong about Winston Churchill | The Spectator

    Classic title of the genre, Naomi Wolf's book being near universally panned.
    Not sure the best worst review.; Thought Mr. Sweet had done it somewhere after his famous live skewering, but can't find.
    A fatal misunderstanding | The Spectator

    And from our own Old Git:
    WW2Talk - Book Review - Peter Caddick-Adams: 'Sand and Steel', a partial review.
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  2. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    There was a military history review that hit home like a bomb from one of the 'Academic' big boys a few years ago.
    Sheffield, Overy, Kershaw, one of that sort.
    Did the soshul meeja rounds even outside our circles as it was so harsh.

    Mind's gone completely blank.
    Ring any bells?
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  3. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian Patron

    I don't suppose you were thinking of Malcolm Gladwell's reportedly terrible book, "The Bomber Mafia"?
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  4. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Way too recent.
    Though I have seen some really brutal reviews of that.
    Well... more a constant online slew of hate. :army:
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  5. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian Patron

    Oh, so you were thinking of an excoriating review of something by an prominent academic military historian?
  6. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    The review written by the academic.
    Doing my head in a bit as I shared it with quite a few myself. A full fisking.
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  9. Quarterfinal

    Quarterfinal Well-Known Member

    A tongue in cheek and notional excoriation of a political scrutiny committee quizzing the military, but in this Falklands 40th anniversary year, I am minded of a speech that Caspar Weinberger GBE gave at a Trafalgar Night dinner in 1985.

    The piece - the Nelson Touch - was printed in the Spectator the following year:
    THE NELSON TOUCH » 11 Oct 1986 » The Spectator Archive
    and some who have not seen it before might enjoy a read.

    Weinberger - an admirer of Churchill - served in WW2 with the US 41st ID and also as an intelligence officer on General Douglas MacArthur’s staff.
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  10. TTH

    TTH Senior Member

    I am occasionally in touch with the estimable Mr. Sheffield and can inquire if you wish.
  11. TTH

    TTH Senior Member

    So far from being excoriating, I think our Mr. Git was actually more than fair to Mr. Caddick-Adams. He gave him the benefit of every possible doubt, but was still honest about the flaws he found in the book.
  12. Staffsyeoman

    Staffsyeoman Member

    My PhD supervisor started as an air historian and then branched out. We were chatting on the phone, after I'd got my doctorate. "Have you read Gladwell's book?" he asked. "No.." I replied "Don't...."
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