Apr 21, 11
Read from March 15 to April 21, 2011 — I own a copy
Though offering no irrefutable conclusions as to the whereabouts of the lost Amber Room, this is an incredibly well-researched book. It presents a variety of theories investigated over the years and explores many sources such as eye witnesses and archives of various institutions and governments. I cannot deny its thoroughness, but the intrigue did not pick up pace until halfway in. Aside from the history of the Amber Room itself, the first half was tedious as the authors attempt to locate restricted files and introduce various characters connected with the missing treasure. As more evidence surfaces in the latter part of the book, it is an eye-opener as to how the Iron Curtain affected the gathering of information. The bureaucracies of government agencies such as the KGB and the East German Stasi do nothing but aid in the propagation of misinformation. I really enjoy reading about WWII and the mystery of the Amber Room is a fascinating one. Despite its slow start, this book is exhaustive in its detail and stakes its claim as the most authoritative book written about the subject so far.