Well, I don't know. That presupposes there was a way to tell the story in the required length without
leaving a lot of important things out, and there's no way of knowing if that's the case since we don't have access to an alternate reality in which the book was written differently.
I was required to keep The Struggle Within
under 35,000 words, and people keep saying they wish it had been longer and more detailed, but I don't recall anyone blaming me for its shortness.