Top critical review
Great wealth of information, but very complicated and hard to follow
January 15, 2019
I'm a fan of Bongino and wanted to read this book to get more understanding of an extraordinarily complex scandal. While I have no doubt that Mr. Bongino clearly knows his stuff, I have a problem with the way the book is written. The author doesn't seem to realize that we mortal readers are not as much of an expert as him, and as such the book mentions a lot of names at a dizzying pace without really tying them together. I think that as an expert, Bongino feels a need to jam in every nook and cranny of the scandal. In one page he'll introduce A and B who have ties to C who met D when he and E were at a university 20 years ago... Name after name and I'll see that name again later in the book and I won't remember who they are because how he plays into the story hasn't been properly explained. I would suggest, as in at the beginning of a Shakespeare play, a character list or glossary naming each key figure and giving the 411 of how they fit in, as a quick reference when we see him mentioned in the book. That and present the material in a simpler more organized fashion. Ask yourself, "Is this character really important?" If not, then don't mention him, it only confuses us.
In short, it's a treasure trove of information on a scandal that's not being covered enough, but the information is not clearly presented, and zig-zagging from one name to the next without really giving the 50,000 foot view really takes away from the book's readability. Too bad. If a Cliffs Notes version ever comes out, I'll be sure to give it a try.