Reviewer missed the point
December 8, 2012
We strongly disagree with your paper’s review of Jonathan Land Evans’ recent book ‘Peace, Prudence and Prosperity: a history of Bermuda from 1919 to 1939’. Your reviewer says “it could be” a valuable resource. In our opinion it already is a most valuable resource, impeccably researched from wide sources, packed with information but admirably compact, and full of interest.
Your reviewer takes issue with some of the topics covered but seems to have failed to understand that this is an overview and that all subjects can be further researched. He also seems not to have read the preface which explains that the author’s opinions and personal recollections are included but readily separated from the purely factual history.
We hope, Mr Editor, that you will in future choose a more encouraging, less opinionated reviewer for future books. Writing history in Bermuda can be a thankless task which certainly brings no financial rewards. So we are extremely lucky to have an author of Jonathan Land Evans’ calibre to bring us this and his other books. We also hope that anyone in the least interested in Bermuda’s history between the two World Wars will buy this book and that Mr Evans will soon write a volume covering the following 20 years.
LINDA ABEND AND MARGARET LLOYD