Hamish Hamilton, 1st ed., 1965. Xi + 299 pp., frontis., + 17 plates + 2 maps, incl. 1 fldg. D.j., 22 x 14cm. Owner's sig., & date to f.f.e.p., + a presentation note o/w Nr.FINE. On January 26, 1885, General Gordon's heroic defence of Khartoum ended when the Mahdi's forces took the town by storm and stabbed Gordon to death. Two days later the advance guard of the relieving force steamed up the Nile and found the town in the Mahdi's hands. The tragi-comic story of the Expeditionary force, led by Lord Wolseley, that was sent to relieve Gordon had not been told in detail until this book. Why did it fail ? Here the author tells the whole story, both political and military.