The Boer War

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Abacus, 1992 - South African War, 1899-1902 - 659 pages
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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 His narrative is based on first-hand and largely unpublished sources ranging from the private papers of the leading protagonists to the recollections of survivors from both sides.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  - Wagsy - Goodreads

A mostly excellent account of the Boer War. I came into this book with a rudimentary knowledge of the this war. I knew some basic things like how Britain thought it would be over quickly (how often do ... Read full review

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User Review  - Peter Card - Goodreads

Many of the things that everybody knows about the 2nd Boer War turn out to be more complicated than that. The Boer militia were not expert marksmen, but European troops in the open were just as ... Read full review

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About the author (1992)

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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