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Witness to History: The Life of John Wheeler-Bennett
Victoria Schofield
New Haven, CT, Yale University Press, 2012, ISBN: 9780300179019; 336pp.; Price: £30.00
Professor Doug Munro
University of Queensland
Professor Doug Munro, review of Witness to History: The Life of John Wheeler-Bennett, (review no. 1396)
Date accessed: 22 June, 2024


Graham KentThu, 21/03/2013 - 17:03
It seems clear that the author admires her subject and wishes to paint him in a favourable light, which given her declared intention to integrate his autobiographical writings into her biographical endeavour seems to be almost inevitable. As we all know, a tendency to exculpate the subject of a biography is in any event a well-known trait of the biographer. What concerns me is that the reviewer, and I judge this only from the tone and phrasing of the review, seems to be animated by a deep distaste for the subject of a biography -- and perhaps also for the class and indeed nation from which he came. His criticisms of the biography, apart from the allegation, rebutted by the author, of failing to consult Foreign Office records, seem likely to be motivated by a dislike of the subject and resentment that the author does not reflect his alienation from Wheeler-Bennett. I feel I would like to read a review from a less apparently biased reviewer.