I agree that reading a book on line - especially one that's over 600 pages is a bit too much... but you can easily download it and print it out if you like. And it certainly opens up a whole new world of information denied to us by short sighted publishers who don't think Orson Welles is worth 600 pages!
This is explained in the introduction to Whaley's book, by the editor, who says if he wanted it published as a hard book, he would have to cut it down by half, as is explained below:
This is a large ebook. Some time ago, one publisher said that if it could be reduced by one-half he would take it. At that time, Bart said no, because he did not want to “gut it”. That publisher did not understand that this Orson Welles book is a case study of an individual that was able to think “out of the box”. Each small fact presented leads to the whole of a thinking process that will always provide an unexpected Third Option. The process that is presented here is the kernel of all deception theory. It's why Bart is called the “defining expert” of deception and counterdeception (the detection of deception) by the intelligence communities of many countries.
Not only does it personify the Whaley Deception Theory it presents the genius of Orson Welles through all his creative work, not just Citizen Kane. Orson Welles was not the pitiful individual that some biographers present. It's my wish that all
who read this will appreciate (as I have come to) this unique presentation of Orson Welles, one that not only buries many of the old myths but, for the first time, presents him not just as a stage and film celebrity but as the extraordinarily multi-talented and creative thinker that he was.
Now, can you imagine if Simon Callow's editor said to him, "well, I like this book, but maybe we should do it all in one volume, instead of three..."