All The King's Men: The British Soldier from the Restoration to Waterloo Hardcover – 2 Feb 2012
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Filled with swashbuckling derring-do, the reek of blood and gunpowder, combined with shrewd analysis of power, war and psychology (Simon Sebag Montefiore)
Those wishing to immerse themselves in this golden age of British military success will relish David's fine piece of history (Sunday Times)
An extraordinary story, packed with drama, incident and great characters...Combines a clear and powerful narrative with shrewd judgements, illuminating vignettes and fresh and telling detail... 'All The King's Men' is all you could hope for...Quite an achievement. (Patrick Bishop Country Life)
At a time when the Army is facing cutbacks while being expected to fight distant, unpopular wars on a shoestring, David's book could not be more topical (Nigel Jones Sunday Telegraph)
a big meaty, satisfying and thought-provoking book, a real achievement (Patrick Bishop)
Incisive and acute . . . [David] always finds a telling phrase, an eye-catching detail or a human story (Sunday Times, on VICTORIA'S WARS)
About the Author
Saul David is Professor of War Studies at the University of Buckingham and the author of several critically acclaimed history books, including The Indian Mutiny: 1857 (shortlisted for the Westminster Medal for Military Literature), Zulu: The Heroism and Tragedy of the Zulu War of 1879 (a Waterstone's Military History Book of the Year) and, most recently, Victoria's Wars: The Rise of Empire.He has also written two bestselling historical novels set in the wars of the late 19th Century, Zulu Hart and Hart of Empire. An experienced broadcaster, he has presented and appeared in history programmes for all the major TV channels and is a regular contributor to Radio 4.
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If I had to have one small criticism I would say that the chapters on the American War of Independence do not quite stand up to those that come before or after, but that may partly be put down to the nature of the war and our defeat.
I sincerely hope that the author is planning a follow-up to All The King's Men. Professor David has written with authority and affection recently about General Slim, in his short but superb book Great Military Commanders. I would be interested in his views about how the British Army performed in WWI and WWII. All the King's Men gloriously recounts how we passed muster in numerous conflicts which came before.
All The King's Men is far from a hagiography though - and the British Army is rightly criticised for its performance in the American War of Independence (albeit this is partially through the fault of its commanders at the time). There are wonderful nuggets of trivia and the author quotes well (from officers and ordinary soldiers alike) and even though I have read widely on Wellington and Waterloo for instance, Saul David has been able to mine new information from regimental archives.
All The King's Men is also the perfect complement to the author's recent short book on generals and generalship, Great Military Commanders, in which Professor David argues who is Britain's Greatest General - Marlborough, Wellington or Slim. I will not spoil it for readers who may wish to know the author's answer to that question but what I will say is that, from reading All The King's Men, we can be justly proud of having a great British army throughout the 18th and 19th centuries.
War is an ever changing beast yet this title by Saul really does bring it all to life, allowing the reader to follow the information in an easy to understand method as well as making it easy to recall. All in a cracking title and one that I'll be referring to time and again. Great stuff.
Better more comprehensive maps would enhance this work. Fold out maps would be brilliant but perhaps not possible in paperback binding.
I would recommend this work to anyone who has an interest in Military History in the 17th to 19th Centuries
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent history of the early years of british history under the gunPublished 15 months ago by IAN GARVEY
Well written and absorbing ,first rate delivery and packaging,very pleased.Published 16 months ago by Crow
Enjoy Saul Davids Histoticial deatails. A good read simply argued and well worth your time reading it. Might learn something.Published on 25 May 2014 by Amazon Customer
I must confess that the opening to this book put me off. The author suggests that the great battles and leaders of the British Army in the years 1660-1815 have been neglected in... Read morePublished on 23 Jan. 2014 by Junius
As a pacifist I find it rate I enjoy any description of war, but this book is a masterpiece, combining actual soldiers descriptions of the battles, with cool prose describing what... Read morePublished on 13 July 2013 by Andy Laverick
First let me state that my disappointment isn't with the writing or the accuracy.
This book is subtitled "The British Redcoat in the era of sword and musket". Read more
a cracking book that is a must read for anyone interested in British history. Saul David provides countless historical facts that go into great detail about this era of our... Read morePublished on 7 Jun. 2013 by graham harris