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5.0 out of 5 stars magpie reader
A brilliant dissection of the career of a remarkable man - as epic in scope as was the life of Frederick Ward himself
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3.0 out of 5 stars Freelance Adventurer
An interesting account of Fredrick Townsend Ward's formation, training and leadership of China's Ever Victorious Army. While it never exceeded 6,000 soldiers due to Manchu paranoia, their adoption of western weapons and tactics allowed them to defeat much larger forces of poorly armed and led rebels. Working with British, French and Imperial Chinese troops, Ward cleared a...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Freelance Adventurer, 22 Feb. 2015
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An interesting account of Fredrick Townsend Ward's formation, training and leadership of China's Ever Victorious Army. While it never exceeded 6,000 soldiers due to Manchu paranoia, their adoption of western weapons and tactics allowed them to defeat much larger forces of poorly armed and led rebels. Working with British, French and Imperial Chinese troops, Ward cleared a 30 mile buffer zone around Shanghai, thwarting the Taiping Rebellion's last chance to gain a seaport vital as a source if supplies.

Ward was wounded many times and clearly believed he led a charmed life until the bullet that gut shot him. Ward's Corps was never as independently successful after his death, even under Gordon of Khartoum.

Ward never became a god. After becoming a Chinese citizen, he was promoted to a Mandarin and made a kind of saint for ancestor worship on his death. Such rewards reflected Manchu politics, being designed to impress colonial western powers in the years before the Boxer rebellion marked their abandonment of diplomacy.

Ward is a fascinating character whose life is obscured by the lack of reliable contemporary sources,
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5.0 out of 5 stars magpie reader, 21 Jan. 2014
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A brilliant dissection of the career of a remarkable man - as epic in scope as was the life of Frederick Ward himself
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 2 April 2013
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This review is from: The Devil Soldier (Paperback)
Another brilliant Caleb Carr book which does not disappoint. Excellent writer with twists and turns and suspence. Great holiday read
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4.0 out of 5 stars an enticing piece of history, 27 Feb. 2000
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Caleb Carr has a peculiar way of writing so involving that he can offer the readers a work of history as enticing as his thrillers are. I found the book accurate and involving. I read it all in one breath.
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4.0 out of 5 stars an enticing piece of history, 27 Feb. 2000
This review is from: The Devil Soldier (Paperback)
Caleb Carr has a peculiar way of writing so involving that he can offer the readers a work of history as enticing as his thrillers are. I found the book accurate and involving. I read it all in one breath.
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