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The Unsleeping Eye by R.J. Stove
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Jul 26, 09

Read in July, 2009

I am almost embarrassed to say I like this book as much as I did. How fond of a book that has Himmler on the cover can you really be? The writing style is so chatty as to almost make you doubt the veracity of the facts, but the narrative is a pleasure to read. Beyond the usual Nazi and Communist suspects, Stove interestingly adds J. Edgar Hoover and some relative unknowns like Fouche, whom Stalin apparently admired a great deal. As the author notes, the topic is relatively unexplored and Stove offers a superbly enjoyable introduction to a topical and relevant bit of history. His thoughts on MLK Jr. and JFK are a bit over the top, so much so that in parts reading the book reminded me of listening to a crabby uncle, one with great stories, but some opinions that seemed a little daft and unsuitable for company.
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