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This book is not perfect by any means, the first half is plodding and somewhat repetitive, but the second half more than makes up for it with its minute and absolutely riveting account of how the ill fated Sarajevo trip came to happen, as well as the actual trip and everything that happened on Sarajevo on June 28th. This is "Chronicle of a Death Foretold" , and you will read in shock as you see the events unfold and ask " Why did not someone stop the trip? Why did they decide to keep their schedule on June 28th when that same day they had already been attacked?". So this is basically two books: the first one is interesting but a missed opportunity; the story of Franz Ferdinand and his "forbidden" marriage too Sophie is very interesting and out of high class melodrama, however the lack of context on Austrian politics and society is a big hole. The emphasis on the romance is probably due to the fact that the authors had direct access to the descendants of the Archduke. However, the secon half is absolutely priceless, as you see in dramatic slow motion the event which would lead to catastrophe. Recommended to anyone interested in World War I and as far as I know the only book in English whose main subject is the Archduke.
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An example of history told as a story, at its best! I couldn't wait to hear more
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