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Young Wilhelm: The Kaiser's Early Life, 1859-1888 - John C. G. Röhl

The deeper I get into this book, the more I appreciate what the author is doing in it. Röhl's coverage of Wilhelm's life is incredibly detailed, as he mines the correspondence of the family to reconstruct every aspect of the future kaiser's upbringing. It's both one of its greatest strengths and perhaps its greatest burden; the detail really provides an enormous amount of depth in support of Röhl's arguments, but it often results in a text that can drag. Fortunately much of it can be skimmed, and I know I'm going to appreciate the exactitude once I get into the details of his reign in the next two volumes.