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Margalit Fox is a reporter for The New York Times. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees in linguistics from Stony Brook University and a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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Read this pretty much in one gulp. Amazing story, terrifically told. What a subject and what a great group of characters! Congratulations to the author.
fmclellan | Hi ha 35 ressenyes més | Jan 23, 2024 |
Don’t know who this book is intended for. It was far too comprehensive. The author quotes liberally from other books and letters but it’s unnecessarily detailed. As if the body wasn’t enough, there are 70 pages of notes and references (not including footnotes).

Because it was my book club selection, I persevered with it but certainly wouldn’t recommend it.

The beginning seemed moderately interesting but was already too detailed. I should have known better but I thought I would enjoy learning more about culture, history, and a good yarn. Certainly, the front cover (“... THE MOST REMARKABLE ESCAPE IN HISTORY”) promised an incredible story. But it never got better. In fact, the last couple of chapters were only slightly less painful to read than the descriptions of how the men put themselves through their own pains. I didn’t need 60 pages of how they deprived themselves of rational behavior, food, friendship.

On the positive side, there were some interesting insights about the state of science and psychology and I found interesting how contemporary inventions made some of their ruses plausible. But even that became tiresome. For instance, there were lengthy discourses on psychological techniques to take advantage of people. TMI.

And despite the comprehensive style, there were more obvious topics left unexplained. For example, why were prisoners given money to buy their own food? Why was there no exploration as to why the men didn’t try to escape in the traditional way rather than come up with such a ridiculously complex and equally risky (if not more so) way. Yes, they were in the middle of nowhere but then, at the end, it is stated that other men did successfully escape that way.

Everyone in my book club agreed: The book was far too long and the detail was excessive.

Who are the editors that let books like this be published?
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donwon | Hi ha 4 ressenyes més | Jan 22, 2024 |
Conan Doyle for the Defense written by Margalit Fox is a true and delicious tale about how Oscar Slater, a German Jewish immigrant living in Scotland, was falsely accused of murder. Antisemitism and a corrupt legal system were the culprits. With the writer of Sherlock Holmes having to solve a real case, you are in for a fascinating read. Even when his sentence was commuted, they couldn't release Oscar because his German citizenship had expired and his innocence would never be accepted by the public. It was amazing the lengths British government would take to frame the “Other”-Jewish German and even sentence Oscar to death. It makes one question whether things have improved today with the flourishing of Antisemitism.… (més)
GordonPrescottWiener | Hi ha 11 ressenyes més | Aug 24, 2023 |
This is one of those books I couldn't stop telling people about:
So there's these two prisoners of war, and they use slight of hand and cold-reading to convince their Turkish captors that they're psychics and then lean in to the Turk's xenophobia to further convince them that there is secret Armenian treasure
settingshadow | Hi ha 4 ressenyes més | Aug 19, 2023 |



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