1st ed., 1994. 245 pp., 19 plates + maps. D.j., 24 x 16cm. Nr.FINE. A succession of British disasters marked the early months of the Boer War of 1899-1902. As will happen, a scapegoat was sought and found for the defects. This was General Sir Redvers Buller, the commander-in-chief during those first few battles, but this revealing biography contradicts his blame. The author does not ignore Buller's failings but using much new material in this brilliant biography, he reveals how a conspiracy of the press, politicians, landed interests and military rivals succeeded in both destroying a fine officer and permanently destroying his reputation.