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The very reason this book sucks was revealed in the preface, when the author admitted to beings obsessed with his subject that he did nothing but research him for 18 years. A book about a single person that has been so obsessively researched has also, clearly, been this obsessively written. Meaning it leaves out NONE of the painfully boring details. I made it through Chapter 1 before wanting to throw it out the window. After Chapter 3, I finally decided it was never going to get any better. It's ...more
See, the story sounded so interesting but Lamont writes like a pompous Englishman, using needlessly flowery language to describe things. It just got too tedious to read and not at all interesting in the way I was expecting. He spends way too much time trying to explain why he's saying what he's saying (and I didn't even bother with the excessive footnotes!!) I may wikipedia the dude for a brief history tho, cause it's still pretty interesting :)