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on 17 December 2006
French the ex cavalry officer is the subject for an excellent biography by the greatest military historian of our age. Holmes writes a warm lucid life of French who made his career in the Boer war only to have it come to an end when he was faced with industrial war at the battle of Ypres.

French is probably the most interesting soldier of that period, the diminutive warrior and womaniser, held in warm regard by his men who was the last Lord Lieutant of Ireland.

This is an updating of Holmes original biography from some time ago and benefits from unrivalled access to his subjects letters and papers. Holmes himself a former senior serving officer which gives him special insight in some of Frenchs decision making. Holmes writes warmly and kindly about French but that does not prevent him from some acute incisive comments about his subject. A great well written bio of a great man.
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on 23 July 2014
Having read Barbara Tuchman's 'The Guns of August' I found myself wanting to know more about French. In Holmes' book I found what I was looking for and felt I could better understand French and his actions and inaction during those critical days in August 1914. If you are at all interested in the period this book is insightful and balanced and worthy of your attention.
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on 2 December 2011
I bought this book to aid my research into local notables for a booklet to use at the church where he is buried. Packed with many fascinating facts and sources. It far exceeded my expectations and fleshes out a complex character who may not have been such a hero in parts of his career!
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on 30 June 2013
Another excellent publication from Holmes. Like his namesake everything is well researched. A good insight into the man who was loved by his men but, despised by his peers.
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on 25 April 2015
Richard Holmes describes the life and times of a truly historic character.
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on 2 August 2015
Holmes writing at his best. Fair, and not overly critical.
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on 17 September 2014
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