An absolutely essential book for those interested in the Imperial era, as India was the 'Jewel in the Crown' and this book covers the Indian Army. The author has written other books, but as a former civil servant in India, for the twenty years before 1947 and involved at the end at the highest level.
In a relatively short book he covers two hundred years of history. It is a "broad brush" and not a regimental history.
'Honour' is something hard to quantify, even describe and sometimes fades from modern life. This book shows how a mixture of religions, castes, peoples, culture, traditions and more were moulded together.
Even today it is read in the most strange places, including the current Pakistani Army after the Swat Valley campaign - looking for lessons learnt.