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The Irregulars by Jennet Conant
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Feb 05, 09

What critics praised most in Jennet Conant's The Irregulars is the quality that is becoming the author's signature knack: her ability to show how a seemingly obscure group of characters personifies the mood of a time and place and exercises more influence than one might expect. However, the same reviewers indicated that the later careers of Dahl and his cohorts, as well as the relative insignificance of their activities in the annals of espionage, led to some cognitive dissonance in The Irregulars, which is filled with entertaining details but makes little case for the group's political and strategic importance during the war. Nevertheless, no one faulted Conant's expert writing or research, and everyone indicated that The Irregulars will be very enjoyable for the right kind of reader.

This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine.


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