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  • #46
    I had the opportunity to read some of Adam's book last night.....not much and not enough....but wanted to say that this is an extraordinarily well-researched and comprehensive work. Very impressive effort on Adam's part.
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    • #47
      I picked up my copy yesterday (it arrived at the beginning of the week).

      First impressions - my word! Beautiful hardback book, and I didn't realise how weighty a book this would be. Need to reinforce the shelves...

      Vast contents pages, humongous list of illustrations, thorough index and bibliography.

      This looks awesome. I can't wait to tuck in. Thus I'm motivated to finish my current book...

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      • #48
        I'm in the same boat Lemon...with some twenty odd books already in my "to read" pile, five or six of which are Whitechapel-related, should I let this one jump the queue? Having said that, I've been looking forward to it for such a long time...

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        • #49
          Received my copy a few days ago and should finish it tonight. I don't know if I've seen a biography in this genre so detailed and researched. Now days, I usually get Kindle or audio version of books for convenience. Glad I got a hardcopy on this one. Well worth it. Right along with Chieftain and Capturing Jack the Ripper for a study of the evolution of the Met police.
          Best Wishes,
          Cris Malone
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          "Objectivity comes from how the evidence is treated, not the nature of the evidence itself. Historians can be just as objective as any scientist."

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          • #50
            Hi everyone,

            Many thanks to those who have made early comment on the book - I realise it's going to take some time to read the entire volume, but I wanted to say that I greatly appreciate the feedback and look forward to reading your thoughts.

            Best wishes
            Adam

            It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

            Aristotle

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            • #51
              Hi Adam,

              I have just finished reading your book and would like to pass on my congratulations, in my opinion the most well researched and well written biography I have read since I donít know when.

              The exhaustive detail and information you have found on Swanson and the Metropolitan Police is very interesting and I can understand how hard you must have worked to put this all together. Well done you!

              The high quality of both the printing and binding has not gone unnoticed either; so a pat on the back to your printers.

              All the best
              John

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              • #52
                Thanks for your review, John.
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                • #53
                  Hi John,

                  Thank you so much for your kind words on the book - Iím so glad that you enjoyed it. It was a labour of love, to be sure, but I learned a lot while undertaking the research!

                  All the best
                  Adam


                  Originally posted by John Savage View Post
                  Hi Adam,

                  I have just finished reading your book and would like to pass on my congratulations, in my opinion the most well researched and well written biography I have read since I donít know when.

                  The exhaustive detail and information you have found on Swanson and the Metropolitan Police is very interesting and I can understand how hard you must have worked to put this all together. Well done you!

                  The high quality of both the printing and binding has not gone unnoticed either; so a pat on the back to your printers.

                  All the best
                  John

                  It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

                  Aristotle

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