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Ambitious - but Successful
on 28 January 2012
Similar to Simon Sebag Montefiore and Max Hastings, Saul David is accomplished at blending together scholarship, narrative and argument. This book is ambitious in its scope, but yet more than any other book on the British Army released over the past few years All The King's Men meets most of its ambitions. Biography, military minutiae, frontline accounts, set piece battles and the burdens of leadership are all married together with intelligence and style.
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.