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  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc. (31 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597971456
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597971454
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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"Provides excellent contextualisation. . . . Faught has demonstrated rare gifts of concise and perceptive commentary within a nicely illustrated work."

Faught s book provides an excellent overview of Gordon s career. Its mostly narrative structure is easy to follow and engagingly written, holding the attention of even the casual reader with its straightforward language and succinct coverage of events. . . . An up-to-date and thoroughly researched single-volume treatment of Gordon s life that will provide readers with a firm base for further investigations.

"In only just about a hundred pages the author has provided the most concise and accurate account of the life and times of our great hero."

Presents the man with all his modern contradictions and historical righteousness.

"Confidently based on the vast Gordon archive, Faught's work offers excellent reading and will rank as an important contribution to re-examining the switchback reputation of Britain's one-time--in Faught's words--'ultimate soldier of empire.'"--Anthony Kirk-Greene, Emeritus fellow, St. Antony's College, Oxford University--Anthony Kirk-Greene (05/12/2008)

Confidently based on the vast Gordon archive, Faught s work offers excellent reading and will rank as an important contribution to re-examining the switchback reputation of Britain s one-time in Faught s words ultimate soldier of empire. Anthony Kirk-Greene, Emeritus fellow, St. Antony s College, Oxford University--Anthony Kirk-Greene (05/12/2008)"

Brad Faught is equally at home in Victorian religious history and imperial history. His present book on Chinese Gordon is a superb and enlightening revisiting of the career of that imperial adventurer. Faught knows how to write a page-turner, yet the book is based on impeccable archival research and reading in the most up-to-date secondary works. Most important, Faught gives us a well-rounded account of Gordon s career as military engineer and leader of irregular troops as well as religious icon, thereby rescuing him from the stereotype of mere religious fanatic. Readers of this book, whether professional historians or buffs, will be entertained and will learn much about this important Victorian public figure. Denis Paz, professor of history, University of North Texas--Denis Paz (05/16/2008)"

This is an insightful and fast-moving biography of a figure of great importance to Britain s 19th century empire. In describing Gordon s role in the Crimean War, his contributions to the quelling of the brutal Taiping Rebellion in China, and/or his various expeditions to the Sudan that culminated in his dramatic death in Khartoum at the hand of the Mahdi in 1885, Faught does a marvelous job of depicting Gordon in all of his human contradictions a man of war with a deep sense of religious faith, a loyal servant of the British Empire with strong populist inclinations towards those over whom he governed, and a man of private sensibilities that achieved great public fame. This was a pleasure to read and is highly recommended. Paul Kingston, associate professor of political science, University of Toronto--Paul Kingston (05/16/2008)"

-Confidently based on the vast Gordon archive, Faught's work offers excellent reading and will rank as an important contribution to re-examining the switchback reputation of Britain's one-time--in Faught's words--'ultimate soldier of empire.'---Anthony Kirk-Greene, Emeritus fellow, St. Antony's College, Oxford University--Anthony Kirk-Greene (05/12/2008)

-Brad Faught is equally at home in Victorian religious history and imperial history. His present book on 'Chinese' Gordon is a superb and enlightening revisiting of the career of that imperial adventurer. Faught knows how to write a page-turner, yet the book is based on impeccable archival research and reading in the most up-to-date secondary works. Most important, Faught gives us a well-rounded account of Gordon's career as military engineer and leader of irregular troops as well as religious icon, thereby rescuing him from the stereotype of mere religious fanatic. Readers of this book, whether professional historians or buffs, will be entertained and will learn much about this important Victorian public figure.---Denis Paz, professor of history, University of North Texas--Denis Paz (05/16/2008)

-This is an insightful and fast-moving biography of a figure of great importance to Britain's 19th century empire. In describing Gordon's role in the Crimean War, his contributions to the quelling of the brutal Taiping Rebellion in China, and/or his various expeditions to the Sudan that culminated in his dramatic death in Khartoum at the hand of the Mahdi in 1885, Faught does a marvelous job of depicting Gordon in all of his human contradictions--a man of war with a deep sense of religious faith, a loyal servant of the British Empire with strong 'populist' inclinations towards those over whom he governed, and a man of private sensibilities that achieved great public fame. This was a pleasure to read and is highly recommended.---Paul Kingston, associate professor of political science, University of Toronto--Paul Kingston (05/16/2008)

"Brad Faught is equally at home in Victorian religious history and imperial history. His present book on 'Chinese' Gordon is a superb and enlightening revisiting of the career of that imperial adventurer. Faught knows how to write a page-turner, yet the book is based on impeccable archival research and reading in the most up-to-date secondary works. Most important, Faught gives us a well-rounded account of Gordon's career as military engineer and leader of irregular troops as well as religious icon, thereby rescuing him from the stereotype of mere religious fanatic. Readers of this book, whether professional historians or buffs, will be entertained and will learn much about this important Victorian public figure."--Denis Paz, professor of history, University of North Texas--Denis Paz (05/16/2008)

"This is an insightful and fast-moving biography of a figure of great importance to Britain's 19th century empire. In describing Gordon's role in the Crimean War, his contributions to the quelling of the brutal Taiping Rebellion in China, and/or his various expeditions to the Sudan that culminated in his dramatic death in Khartoum at the hand of the Mahdi in 1885, Faught does a marvelous job of depicting Gordon in all of his human contradictions--a man of war with a deep sense of religious faith, a loyal servant of the British Empire with strong 'populist' inclinations towards those over whom he governed, and a man of private sensibilities that achieved great public fame. This was a pleasure to read and is highly recommended."--Paul Kingston, associate professor of political science, University of Toronto--Paul Kingston (05/16/2008)

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This is a well paced biography of Gordon that does not duck any of the issues around his character and actions. It is also full of surprising details and insights.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Man for all Spaces... 9 April 2011
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C. Brad Faught has provided a fascinating and concise biography of British General Charles "Chinese" Gordon as part of the Potomac Military Profile Series. General Gordon is possibly best remembered for his heroic but ultimately unsuccessful defense of the besieged Sudanese capital of Khartoum against an army of Islamic fanatics, which event was later heroically portrayed in a movie starring Charlton Heston. In his lifetime, he was a hero of the Victorian era for his exploits in the far-flung corners of the British Empire of the late 19th Century.

Gordon was originally trained as an engineer, but proved to have a positive talent for organizing and leading native troops, whether in Southeast Europe or China or the Sudan. Gordon's signature performances came when he was seconded to the Chinese Imperial Army to help put down a bloody and savage rebellion. He was also twice appointed Governor General of the Sudan by its Egyptian ruler. The challenges of empire described by the author have some intriguing echoes for the present day.

Within the limitations of a text less than 100 pages long, Faught provides some background details on the man himself, including his childhood, his time as a junior officer in the Crimean War, and his strong Christian faith.

"Gordon: Victorian Hero" is highly recommended as an excellent introduction to a man and his era.
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Good brief introduction.
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