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This review is from: The Boer War (Paperback)
Packenhams' account of the Boer war is widely regarded as the definitve version. For a work of military history this is a truly exceptional book as it grips the reader like a thriller yet is as full of references as any academic text; betraying the prodigious research conducted by Packenham. Readers unfamiliar with South African geography may wish for a few more maps, and some of the military terminoligy could be better explained, but these are minor points. The Boer war may have been 100 years ago, but the lessons so painfully learnt by both sides are still relevant. They can be seen not just in South Africa, but in modern conflicts - from the blacked-out shiny badges of the British army embarking for the Falklands to the inconspicous uniform of General Powell in the Gulf war. (both to prevent the attention of snipers). Packenham uses war documents, personal letters and the recollections of survivors in his narrative to bring the war to life. If you thought history was boring, this is the book that will change your mind.