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Posted February 4, 2006
Alan Clarck is normally a brilliant historian, but 'The Fall of Crete' is not one of his best works. In fact it is one of the worst books ever written on the Battle for Crete, because in is uniquely onesided. Hardly any German sources have been used, and Clark simply does not have any detailed knowledge of the German side of the story. Hence many of his conclusions are based on either lack of evidence or tampering with the eveidence. The book is biased from first to last, and it it reminiscent of the Official History of New Zealand and Australia, which were produced 50 years ago. However, I would recommend buying the book nonetheless, because of the two first introductory chapters. It is here Clark truly demonstrates what brilliant, analytical mind he possessed. It is a great shame that he did stay aloof from his own personal feelings against the Germans, which did in fact cost him his appointment as Minister. Mr Clark was a maverick right-wing Conservative - a free-thinking intellectual whose opinions often upset and sometimes shocked his colleagues.In fact it was precisely an public anti-German statementWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.