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Highlander : the history of the legendary Highland soldier

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  49 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Paperback, 306 pages
Published 2009 by Skyhorse Pub
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Rhonda
Sep 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
While this book detailed far more than I ever knew about the Highland soldier,1745 to the present day, it suffered throughout from several difficulties. The author, whose impeccable research on the subject is worthy of interest to anyone even remotely interested in history, tends to try and make the book more interesting by jumping back and forth in time periods. While this may work well for those who are intimately familiar with the subject matter and more, the names of those involved, it makes ...more
James
Nov 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a regimental history. you need to know that going in.

I read it for the history of the formation of the notion of the Highlander in the late Reformation/early Enlightenment period. After that it is mostly a history of how the regiments were organized, battles fought and brave deeds done.

I enjoyed the incidental information - highland clearances still going on after the Crimea? - but found the regimental history somewhat tedious; hence the lower rating.

If you are a soldier or ex- and want
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Martin
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a very boys own pastiche of military history, slapped together from anecdotes, ending with a strange plea against the amalgamation movement in the British army. In the worst breathless tradition of slap-dash journalism, this is sort of like 3 decent magazine articles about military history brought together with an emotional, rather than historical core. I think kids might like it, but I feel an adult will find the writing and the organisation too inane to be enjoyable. Better material on ...more
Manray9
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: british-military
Interesting at times, but overall rather dull.
Eric
Dec 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Lots of good stories, and an easy read, but a very specific interest. About the only people I can recommend this book to are Scotish history re-enactors.
Miki
Sep 15, 2010 rated it liked it
A really interesting account of the Highland warrior/soldier from 1745 to the present. It's a little dry at times, but taken as a whole, well worth the reading.
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Excellent general overview of the Highlander as a soldier.
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