This book caught my attention immediately. Having always wanted to learn a little about the history of Africa was the reason I bought it. I was captivated by the clever storytelling of Dugard. He brought together each character with skill and kept up the pace and suspense of what was going to happen next at just the right tempo. This is no Cliff Notes on the history of these people, but quite well researched. Especially nice was the epilogue telling of what eventually happened to each major character. I found myself anxious to get in the car to listen to more of it and even parked in a quiet place one day to finish a particular exciting chapter. This writer is equal to Stephen Ambrose or Rick Atkinson.
I admit that I was hoping for sinister details of the terrible work of Dr Mengele, but found mostly information about the atomic discoveries. I was disappointed to be lectured on what I should do in my own generation. There is quite a lot of well presented information concerning the progression of the war and how it affected the scientists of Germany. The two stars refer to the excellent research and simply explained incredible major discoveries of men and women from the beginning of the 20th century through the middle. The three missing stars reflect the unnecessary flogging about responsibility that I as a reader didn't ask for and don't deserve. It made me think but then I resented the author's use of his advertised history book as a pulpit. I would have enjoyed much more information on the details of discovery of commonplace things like how plasma transfusions were discovered and saved so many troops. I wish I had only half my money back.
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