Pakenham, Thomas.


New York, 1st U.S. ed., 1979. Xxix + 718 pp., various photo-plates, maps + ills. D.j., 25 x 18cm. Minor edge wear to d.j., with title slightly faded on spine o/w Nr.FINE. This book is the first full-scale documentary history of the Boer War to be attempted since 1910. The narrative is based on first-hand and largely unpublished sources. It challenges the accepted views of historians and throws new light on the blunders of the British generals, Sir Redvers Buller and Lord Roberts, revealing a personal feud between the men. It exposes the crucial role of two of the 'gold-bugs' ' the richest of the Rand millionaires ' in precipitating the war. The author also writes movingly about the plight of the 100,00 black Africans who served both armies and he explains the final political victory of the Boers ' how they lost the war but won the peace ' with far-reaching consequences for Europe and South Africa.

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