Farewell to Spandau

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Ashford, Buchan & Enright, 1994 - Biography & Autobiography - 115 pages

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I was disappointed with both the thinness of the book and the content of it.  Through reading the descriptions on the websites, I thought there would be more about Rudolf Hess, but there wasn't that much, just seemingly as much as the author felt was needed.  My friend Amy once remarked that probation officers write in a much more technical format than others.  Thus I wonder if the same phenomenon is occurring here.  I wonder if the author's military experience is influencing his matter of fact writing style.  It seemed almost as if the book was more about the authorities and the ending of the prison than about Hess and the other prisoners.  I really wanted more about Hess and the other prisoners, thus the book did not meet my expectations.   


Spandau Allied Prison
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About the author (1994)

TONY LE TISSIER (MBE) served 22 years in the British army, retiring in 1977 to work for the British Military Government in Berlin, his role including that of being the last British Governor of Spandau Allied Prison until its closure following the death of Rudolf Hess. After the unification of Germany in 1991, he elected to stay in Berlin working independently as a historian, writer, lecturer, and battlefields guide. His previous works include The Battle of Berlin, 1945, Berlin Then and Now, and Farewell to Spandau.

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