Question about John Reed's "The War in Eastern Europe"
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The more recently published paperback edition seems to be a reprint of the copy I have, as I called a bookseller offering it on ABE. The seller quite kindly investigated and found the unfortunate reference to the removal of the Polish episode and read it to me over the phone.
It occurred to me that somebody in this group (I've also posted this in the Military History group) might know whether the original, non-edited, version of Reed's book had ever been published. So, does anybody have any idea?
By the way: Do you like Richard Harding Davis? I admit I find him good reading even though (at times) it's all I can do to get through some of his puffing, "Hail fellow, well met!" bullcrap. The good part about him is that he knew an awful lot about books and publishing and newspaper journalism, and he led one hell of an adventurous life.
How is The Story of English?
The Story of English is spotty. For the most part it's a good read and I've learned a lot about the history of the English language from reading it. Authors do a good job of staying away from technical terms. They do less well at defining terms such as "diphthong" and at explicating pronunciation of words in which the phonics gets a little weird. On the other hand The Oxford Companion to the English Language doesn't make a particularly hot job of phonics either.
So access to online dictionaries that actually pronounce phonetically freaky words for us is a big help. If I was going to hang stars on The Story of English I'd give it about 3 or maybe 3 and 1/2.
Once a couple of years ago I started reading Frank Harris's bio of Oscar Wilde. I was about 10 pages into Harris when something else (I forget just what) derailed my train. I dropped Frank Harris and ran off chasing another book. Now I've got this breather, Harris caught my eye again while I was excavating my desktop. So I'm going to ease my conscience by reading that before I forget it once again. I'm just Wilde about Oscar.