The Boer War

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Abacus, 1979 - South African War, 1899-1902 - 659 pages
21 Reviews

The war declared by the Boers on 11 October 1899 gave the British, as Kipling said, 'no end of a lesson'. It proved to be the longest, the costliest, the bloodiest and the most humiliating campaign that Britain fought between 1815 and 1914.

Thomas Pakenham has written the first full-scale history of the war since 1910. His narrative is based on first-hand and largely unpublished sources ranging from the private papers of the leading protagonists to the recollections of survivors from both sides. Out of this historical gold-mine, the author has constructed a narrative as vivid and fast-moving as a novel, and a history that in scholarship, breadth and impact will endure for many years.

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User Review  - Jonathan Hopkins - Goodreads

Great overview, even if the first third was politicking. Which the war was mostly about. This is the first campaign history I've not struggled to read at some point, so excellent writing. Read full review

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User Review  - Richard Mayer - Goodreads

A model of clear, concise, balanced historical writing - one of the greatest works on South African history. Simply must be read for anyone wishing to understand twentieth century South African history. Read full review

About the author (1979)

Thomas Pakenham is the author of The Mountains of Rasselas, The Year of Liberty, The Scramble for Africa, Meetings with Remarkable Trees and Remarkable Trees of the World. He divides his time between London and Ireland. He is married to the writer Valerie Pakenham and they have four children.

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