Captured by History is an autobiography like none other, for few historians have interviewed as many men and women who helped shape the most momentous events of our century than John Toland. Here, for the first time, Toland reveals how he found these key players and how he persuaded them to talk to him. From disgraced Japanese generals to the German doctor who nearly succeeded in assassinating Hitler, Toland’s sources are remarkable for what they reveal about their subjects, along with the secrets and stories they would tell no one else.
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The narration & chapters on Japan spoil a good book
This biography is a patchwork, not helped by somewhat lifeless narration. The sections on youth and Germany are interesting, but those on Japan come across as contrived, more living history than biography. Toland’s respect for his Japanese wife & family seems a factor. It’s a pity - with a firm editor this could have been a much better book.