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London To Ladysmith Via Pretoria Paperback – 28 Sep 2005

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  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Wildside Press (28 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557423822
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557423825
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,128,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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a series of letters that are a truthful account, sometimes a little too matter of fact. The story Mr Churchill tells of his incarceration by the Boers in Pretoria is commical. No wonder this man became Prime Minister, such great insight in a man so young is in itself is amazing.
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This a perfect little gift for my Dad, he couldn't put it down.
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loved by history student
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4.0 out of 5 stars Even-handed report of the Boer War, and a glimpse of a legend in youth 12 Mar. 2014
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This well-written set of dispatches from young British cavalry officer Winston Churchill is notable for its accounts of an armored train's encounter with Dutch-descended "Boer" fighters in South Africa and Churchill's escape from an officer's prison camp. But it is also notable for Churchill's repeated acknowledgments of the determination, fighting skill, and generally correct conduct of Great Britain's adversaries in that small but costly colonial war of more than 100 years ago. The dispatches, written from the field and under time pressure, do not display the Ciceronian formality of Churchill's later books, but are direct, clear, and interesting. Readers who enjoy this short work might wish to move on to Thomas Pakenham's history of the conflict, "The Boer War" (1991). It gives background that Churchill's readers already knew, and covers later developments beyond the scope of Churchill's account.
4.0 out of 5 stars Not their finest hour 17 Mar. 2015
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Churchill would later describe the defense of Britain against Hitler's Luftwaffe in 1940-41 as the "finest hour" in the long history of the Empire. Clearly, the Boer War was not. Yet, in this account of the relief of Ladysmith, young correspondent/cavalry officer Winston S. Churchill has shown by virtue of his personal view and participation in the South African war that it was not their worst hour. Churchill's stubborn resistance of the Nazi juggernaut in WWII May have been in part inspired by Sir George White's defense of Ladysmith 40 years earlier.
3.0 out of 5 stars Early Churchillian 21 April 2014
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As one who knows South Africa and its history well, and as an admirerer of Chruchill and his rhetoric, I am enjoying this book - his reports of the Anglo-Boer War as a young correspondent, but it doesn't measure up to his superior, later writing. if it were by another author I'd probably give it four stars, but I hold churchill to a stricter rating system. So, yes, I recommend it with that proviso.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Good Read From Winston S Churchill 26 Feb. 2013
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This is a very entertaining book, not particularly informative with regards to tactics and history but very enlightening as to the perspectives and details of the times, participants and events.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 2 Jan. 2015
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Typical Churchill writing. Clear, crisp and fluid. This gives you a viewpoint that is immediate and personal.
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