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Eminent Victorian Soldiers: Seekers of Glory

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They are: Hugh Gough, Charles Napier, Charles Gordon, Frederick Roberts, Garnet Wolseley, Evelyn Wood, Hector Macdonald, and Herbert Kitchener.
Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 17th 1988 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published January 1st 1985)
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Jill Hutchinson
Dec 07, 2011 Jill Hutchinson rated it really liked it
Another terrific book from one of my favorite historians, Byron Farwell. He looks at the lives of eight of the great (and maybe no-so-great) military leaders of Empire.....their early lives and their rise through the ranks to leadership. Some, like "Little Bobs" (Lord Frederick Roberts) were effective military tacticians and deserving of their renown. Others, like Charles "Chinese"Gordon, the martyr of Khartoum, were misguided zealots who craved power, and stopped at nothing to gain it. All, ...more
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Aug 19, 2010 Bill rated it liked it
An engaging account of 8 British military leaders, of rogues and heroes, sometimes contained within the same person. These men could be cruel and stupid, but rarely small or cowardly. It was a different time when national heroes could say with all sincerity "We break treaties, but that is not a reason for letting others do the same."

The book focuses almost exclusively on the subjects' military exploits, yet does not present a detailed analysis of their tactics and strategies. It is an overview o
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Christopher Saunders
Oct 26, 2012 Christopher Saunders rated it it was amazing
Here Farwell profiles an octet of British generals, some well-known (Charles Gordon, Herbert Kitchener), others more obscure (Evelyn Wood, Hector Macdonald). They're a diverse lot, some gifted amateurs, some career soldiers, others "rankers" who fought their way to a commission. Farwell shows their military successes but also their personal foibles, some more severe than others. I found Wood the most fascinating, a man who couldn't get out of bed without breaking a limb, and whose sister was the ...more
Matthew
Jul 04, 2016 Matthew rated it it was amazing
This book will not to everyone’s taste as by looking at the men in the context of their times, i.e. sympathetically, it does not condemn them by evaluating them for standards of more recent time, such as works like Lytton Strachey’s Eminent Victorians does. Nonetheless this reader found the portraits of Hugh Gough, Charles Napier, Charles Gordon, Frederick Roberts, Garnet Wolseley, Evelyn Wood, Hector Macdonald, and Herbert Kitchener superb and while easy to read.
Devon  Start
Jul 17, 2008 Devon Start rated it liked it
Shelves: history
not a bad book about the heros of the victorian empire, gordon, chelmsford are in here as well as some lesser known but equally important personages.
the book is broken up into sections for each person, giving a short biography and an overview of his career. often paying attention to the actions that might have won him the victoria cross or what have you.
has a lot of over lap with the subject matter in queen victorias little wars
Brian
Jun 10, 2012 Brian rated it really liked it
concise history of most of the great Victorian generals. Interesting details and Farwell is always good.
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Farwell graduated from Ohio State University and the University of Chicago (M.A., 1968). He served in World War II as a captain of engineers attached to the Mediterranean Allied Air Force in the British Eighth Army area and later also saw combat in the Korean War. He separated from the military after seven years of active duty.

As a civilian, he became director of public relations and director of a
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