Bismarck

Bismarck

A Life

Book - 2011
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Otto von Bismarck transformed Europe more completely than anybody in the 19thcentury--except for Napoleon. This riveting biography illuminates the life of the statesman who unified Germany but who also embodied everything brutal and ruthless about Prussian culture.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2011.
ISBN: 9780199599011
0199599017
9780199782529
0199782520
Branch Call Number: BIO BISMARCK O. Steinber 05/2011
Characteristics: x, 577 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill., maps, ports. ;,25 cm.

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georgepatrick
Jun 22, 2011

A dry, ponderous and pedestrian tome about a fascinating man.
No doubt Steinberg is an able historian, but his prose is flat and clunky. Worse, he doesn't know what to throw out. The reader doesn't really need to know every Count Erwin von Klinkerfelden-Baden-Schmeitzenkirken et al in the room. Mein Gott! Who cares?
Inside this flabby 500-page snoozefest is a great 300-page biography gasping to get out.
If only we could summon up the ghost of A.J.P. Taylor whose bio of Bismarck crackled with energy and wit 50-odd years ago. Taylor had more snap, crackle and pop on one page than this whole dreary, wearisome book.
This baby is stillborn. So sad.

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