|About the Book|
Wallers brief book on Bismarck does not satisfy as a brief biography. The author loses sight that this book is a biography and includes, for example, chapters on German class warfare, militarism, and economic development that do not mix well with the narrative. The text also lacks footnotes and reads like an esoteric thesis. It would have benefited from proper editing (page-long paragraphs deserve scorn). The book does have some redeeming qualities, mainly its all-too-brief analysis of Bismarcks personality and his strategy of balanced tension at home and abroad. Nonetheless, I do not recommend this as an introduction to Bismarck.