This is a must read for people interested in warfare and the Burma campaign in particular. It is a biography of the brilliant, controversial and at times troubled man who strongly influenced modern warfare through his innovative approach. We get the full details of Wingate's Burma campaign, where his 'Chindits' pioneered the use of air supply to maintain troops in inhospitable territory. The method being used by coalition troops in Afghanistan today. We also get accounts of the clashes with higher authority that marked Wingate's entire career and indeed even after his death he is anethma to some conventional military types. The question is why and how did Wingate manage to accomplish so much, alienate much of the establishment and yet earn the devotion of the men under his command and powerful figures such as Roosevelt and Churchill? Royle goes along way to unraveling this enigma and pays particular attention to Wingate's childhood(his family were Plymouth Brethen)and his formative years. All in all a good read, comparable to Michael Asher's account of T E Lawrence, 'The Uncrowned King of Arabia'. These two men are perhaps the single most fascinating characters in British Military history. Interestingly they were related.