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A Modern Classic,
This review is from: The Boer War (Paperback)
The first thing that should strike the reader is that the work is over 25 years old yet still has a freshness about its approach to the conflict. This and the comprehensive coverage of events leading up to the war, as well as the war itself, suggests it will be many more years before it ceases to be the definitive history of the Boer War. One particularly interesting feature is Pakenham's defence of General Buller who has been vilified for his incompetence in just about every other book on the subject. Not everyone will agree with Pakenham's defence of Buller but it's undoubtedly well argued, based as it is on documents and other material discovered at Buller's family home in Devon. A must read for anyone with an interest in the Boer War.