The war declared by the Boers on 11 October 1899 gave the British, as Kipling said, 'no end of a lesson'.
It proved to be the longest, the costliest, the bloodiest and the most humiliating campaign that Britain fought between 1815 and 1914. Thomas Pakenham has written the first full-scale history of the war since 1910.
His narrative is based on first-hand and largely unpublished sources ranging from the private papers of the leading protagonists to the recollections of survivors from both sides.
Out of this historical gold-mine, the author has constructed a narrative as vivid and fast-moving as a novel, and a history that in scholarship, breadth and impact will endure for many years.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 688 pages, Section: 16, b&w
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 03/10/1991
- Category: African history
- ISBN: 9780349104669