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The Great Boer War

3.5  ·  Rating details ·  179 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
While most people remember Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for his 'Sherlock Holmes' stories, he actually wanted more to be a journalistic and historical writer. This is one of his works in that vein, documenting the events of the Boer War, which had yet to end at the time of writing.
ebook, 641 pages
Published June 20th 2012 by Auk Academic (first published 1900)
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Mike
Sep 25, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An attempt to give an objective evaluation of the war. Not entirely possible from CD's standpoint of class and the fact that he was a doctor for part of the war in Blomfontein but relatively interesting. Not as scholarly a work as Pakenham's 'The Boer War' but if you wish to know what battalion was engaged in a minor skirmish in the latter stages of the conflict then the chances are they get a mention in this work. CD interviewed hundreds of soldiers during and shortly after the war so even if s ...more
Nathan
Sep 13, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is straight military history - written during and immediately afterwards. The first 3 chapters, which talk about the buildup to war, were interesting enough. I would have liked more about the pre-war history.

I'm not a fan of descriptions of the mechanics of war - When I read Gibbon's Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire, I chose the military abridged version - so I may or may not finish this book.

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I finished this, more due to perseverance than interest. There are about 40 pages dea
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Scott
Jun 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great read only because of the brilliant wordsmithing by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

The writing is incomparable to most modern writers in terms of wit, however, I needed to have google maps/google Boer War Maps open to understand the spatiality of the battles and their significance. Conan Doyle was clearly writing to an audience who understood clearly the names and places he recounted. And the reader also gets an appreciation for a great many other (racist, and/or sexist) statements that flow wit
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Dan Nance
Mar 12, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Boring as hell

Thought it would never get to the point. No no no no no no no. I don't need more words
Makomai
Propaganda di guerra

Pubblicato nel 1900 (quindi a guerra in corso), il libro fu corretto ed aggiornato a piu’ riprese, sino a raggiungere 19 edizioni in tre anni. Questa edizione definitiva del 1903 consiste di 80 pagine introduttive in cui vengono evocati gli eventi che condussero alla seconda guerra anglo-boera del 1899-1902, e di altre 663 pagine in cui si analizzano le battaglie.
E’ quindi perlopiu’ una cronaca di battaglie (Conan Doyle fu medico volontario nella guerra), e non un testo di s
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Lenp
Feb 09, 2014 marked it as started-but-now-on-hold  ·  review of another edition
I was hoping for more of a bird's eye view of the war. The detailed descriptions of each skirmish have become tedious, and I seem to have lost interest in continuing to read this book. Maybe I will come back to it in a while - I would like to read about the latter stages of the war.
وسام عبده
Jun 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic
Very interesting book about the history of colonial south Africa and the rising and decline of Boer people. The most amazing is the absence of the local people in this conflict ion of imperial and colonial European powers.
It is a good book if you like the history.
Craig Herbertson
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly interesting book written at a time when war was perceived as a glorious affair rather than a meaningless slaughter. Lots of things not mentioned though for political reasons
Spanishliz
The edition I read was actually published before the end of The Great Boer war in 1902, but no need to list yet another edition.
Rob Hunt
Dec 26, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't give up on books very often but this was one.
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