Friday, April 23, 2010

I'm great and you suck, Orlando Figes proffers

"...leaves the reader awed, humbled, yet uplifted".
--Orlando Birkbeck

Link to April 23 post, "Poison pen reviews were mine, confesses historian Orlando Figes".

Excerpt:   The story began when historians began to notice a series of reviews on the shopping site which praised Figes's own books and attacked those of his colleagues. Comments posted under the alias "orlando-birkbeck" and "Historian" called Rachel Polonsky's book Molotov's Magic Lantern "hard to follow" and Robert Service's history of communism, Comrades, "awful", while praising Figes's study of Soviet family life, The Whisperers as "a fascinating book ... [that] leaves the reader awed, humbled, yet uplifted"

And leaves the author with.....

Postscript:  LINKcat holdings for Figes.

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