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  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus; New Ed edition (3 Oct. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349104662
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349104669
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 4.3 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
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'Not only a magnum opus, it is a conclusive work ... Enjoyable as well as massively impressive' FINANCIAL TIMES 'Hypnotically readable ... A tremendous feat of research ... this is grand-scale history with heroes and villains ... hot, impassioned work, and I recommend it wholeheartedly' NEWSWEEK 'This is a wonderful book: brilliantly written ... the reader turns each page with increasing fascination and admiration' A.J.P. TAYLOR

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Thomas Pakenham's classic, bestselling book, repackaged beautifully as an Abacus History Great

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Everyone interested in the Boer war should read this, well referenced history but reads like a Novel. Excellent
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Brilliant - thorough. Really reads like fiction it's so well written and researched.
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A good history.
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I am a collector of British military medals with a particular interest in the Boer War and the First World War. As a result I have read many books on about these wars and I can honestly say that this book is the best one I have ever read concerning the Boer War of 1899 to 1902.
The author takes an in depth look at the causes of the war in both a detailed and refreshingly modern analytic way not found in previous works. He then moves on and examines the various phases of the war from the large set piece battles to the guerrila war that followed as well as the aftermath.
However, what is really pleasing about this book is the way it is written being more akin to a novel than a history textbook. The result is a highly readble text with very little dry bits that often tire the reader when he or she embarks on reading a book as large as this one.
If you want one good general history of the Boer War then this is the one to buy. It will suit those who wish to learn more about the politics of the war as well as those who have a keen interest in the military tatics used.
In short this really is a first class book which shlould be read by anyone with an interest in this conflict.
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An excellent, well referenced, well balanced and superbly written historical appraisel of the Boer War giving a good insight to both sides of the conflict and from both the political and military aspects too. The Authors engaging style is extemely readable which made the book very difficult for me to put down. I already had a copy of the Authors origonal book "The Boer War" but this had very little supportive photographic imagary. The Illustrated version adds an even greater human dimension to the work....to be able to see not merely posed photo-studies of the Generals and the politicians, but also the ordinary soldiers in field conditions with their equipment,...... the hardships they suffered but also the humour and the common humanity shines through in these early action photographs. Quite spell-binding.... particular shots of "a massed foot inspection".....British troops lying on their backsides waving their feet in the air, and "marching across the Veldt"...a real action shot of British soldiers "yomping" across flat scrubland in line abreast formation, will remain in my minds eye for a long time. You can tell that I really did like this book!
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Thomas Pakenham's history of the Boer War is simply one of the best accounts of military history I have read. It is comprehensive, readable and gives a full account from all sides of the conflict. The opening chapters covering the build up to the war are extremely informative, and give an insight to the mind games and political manipulation which took place. Pakenham's use of private diaries and papers provide a long awaited look into the innermost thoughts of Buller, Roberts, Kitchener and Milner. An absolute must have resource for anyone studying this period.
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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.
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This was the first book I had ever read on the Boer War and what an introduction! Pakenham not only wields a gripping narrative account of the battles, political intrigue and the affairs of the individuals involved, which has you eagerly turning every page, but also expertly analyses many aspects of the war. It is an especially good book for analysing the causes of the war, the performance of the various British generals (especially in revising attitudes towards Buller) and the factors that made British victory so difficult. In fact the latter means that the book is not only a good account of the Boer War but also essential reading for anyone interested in 20th century military history as it helps explain some of the bloodshed of World War One. The focus is on the British perspective but I would not say it is unfavourable or greatly unfair towards the Boers as a good account of the Concentration camps is given for example. As an introduction to topic or just a book for someone with a general interest in military history it is a fantastic read.
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