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The general premise of the author is that too many historical accounts have been written with the purpose of aggrandising certain well-known establishment figures and that facts have been ignored and straightforward lies have been told. The author claims to have read many unpublished letters and documents of the period and attempts to tell what really happened. I find the account very believable as it fits with human nature and current practice of modern politicians. It makes me wonder about all of other history books I have read. A most interesting book and I would certainly welcome attempts by other authors to do the same for other episodes of history.
Britain did not stumble into the Crimean War, it entered for sound strategic and economic reasons;
the Charge of the Light Brigade may have started in error but was a triumphant victory with far fewer casualties than you thought;
Florence Nightingale never nursed anyone, and after the war admitted that she got her priorities wrong in the location and administration of hospitals for casualties at a cost of hundreds of lives;
The Allies managed to ignore their strengths - superior cavalry and the Minier rifle - and played their own weaknesses against the enemy's strengths.
Ok. You can breath now. This book is right, and most of what you thought you knew about this miserable conflict is wrong.
The author has gone back to the original sources. He shows how the established myths of the war were developed by works based on biased contemporary accounts, and that successive "histories" simply drew on the preceding histories and rehashed (and occasionally exaggerated) them.
Citing authoritative contemporary sources, he draws a very different picture. It was still a bungled disaster, but it was a very different bungled disaster from that we had been led to believe.
The writing style is compelling and light. Overall a thoroughly good and enlightening read which I strongly recommend.
Many works from the earliest times after the war and onwards, are simply recycled official documents and news reports. This book whilst obviously drawing on original documents, gives many alternative views on causes and effects.
Florence Nightingale: Avenging Angel
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I knew quite a lot about the Crimean War before I read this book. I am now none the wiser.Published 10 months ago by Zog
A nice exposition on how NOT to run a war. Small uses contemporary sources to show just how badly the British & French Generals in the Field disregarded both explicit orders from... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Ian Houston
A bit hard going, still battling with it, I haven't given up yet........Published 20 months ago by James Jarvis
Enjoyed this a lot. Offered alternative slants on what we might think are well known aspects of this conflict. Would have been 4 stars, but what happened with the ebook editing. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Simon A. Raymond
Slow start, but plenty of facts & figures. But a good reference book that can be used for an overall viewPublished on 10 Oct. 2013 by Jay
Detailed yet easy to understand. The book provides an excellent window into the future development of Europe, and the events which give rise to problems to be encountered both... Read morePublished on 25 May 2013 by MR Bob Page
This book was just what I wanted, easy to read and full of facts and information about the Crimean War. I can recommend this to others who are looking for something similar.Published on 13 May 2013 by Hizzy