'Hitler's Warrior - The Life and Wars Of SS Colonel Jochen Peiper' by Danny S Parker ( Da Capo Press ISBN 978-0-306-82154-7 ). I'll come straight out and say this - I found this book very disappointing indeed. So much so that I wasn't going to post a review....... I have all the other stuff about Peiper (Agte : apologist. Westemeier : derogatory. Whiting : hero-worship. Etc). I greatly admire Danny Parker's work on the Bulge over the years and when I read in the preface to 'Fatal Crossroads' that that book developed from a 17-year project on Peiper's life I was keen to see the result (although at the same time, wondering why the key incident in Peiper's life had been extrapolated). And that's the case. To use a Bulge analogy, this book seems a bit like a doughnut with a hole in the centre - the Malmedy Massacre. But, it does include lengthy discussion of the Dachau trial - which I felt would have been better included in the earlier book. What's worse to me is that it doesn't really read like a book at all. Very quickly, it feels as if it has been written in parts over a long time and then hastily pasted together. Maybe I'm wrong - but for instance, Himmler's lover Hedwig Potthast is introduced with biographical dtails in Chapter 2. And then introduced all over again two chapters later, which gives the reader an odd 'deja vu' feeling. Later in the book 'Lombard' is casually mentioned ( leaving me scratching my head - the name seemed familiar ) and then a page later he is reintroduced to us - twice in one sentence...... All in all, proofreading and editing seems to have gone haywire or even been omitted ( you'd almost think a different author wrote this to 'Crossroads' which flows smoothly and is well-constructed ). Also, the selection of photos is rather paltry - especially as the text keeps referring to 'such-and-such well-known photo' ( which I had to turn to my copies of Agte or Westemeier to view ). A load of rubbish, then ? Well, no. Which is what makes it all so frustrating. The amount of research put in by the author is really comprehensive (a third of the book is taken up by notes).He has also interviewed many survivors over theyears, and has gained access to other authors' unused interview notes. There is so much here of interest - the lifestyle of Himmler's 'inner circle' is especially well described, for instance, and many SS characters such as Max Wunsche and Heinz von Westernhagen appear with career information I haven't seen elsewhere. And somehow, in amongst all this source material, Peiper as a person seems to recede from the foreground. So - the book told me many things I didn't know ; but not necessarily about its' subject. There is much of interest here - but I found it quite hard work to plough through. This is actually the most difficult review I've put online - I feel as though I'm being disprespectful to someone I admire very much ( the author, not the subject ! ). Then again, the above is my opinion, and I'm no academic. The definitive Peiper book is yet to be written - if indeed it ever can be.