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Kitchener: The Man Behind the Legend

Philip Warner

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Prose: non-fiction

The definitive biography of one of the most successful generals Britain has ever had

Kitchener was one of the most successful generals Britain has ever had, and yet he has always been a mystery. Legends proliferated about him in his lifetime, and the circumstances of his death have remained an enigma. Not until recently, with the fresh material which has come to light, has it been possible to find the real person behind that enormous, intimidating moustache. In this absorbing study Philip Warner shows us exactly what a debt Britain owes to Kitchener. Far from being the remote, austere figure of the placards, he was a daring adventurer and spy, a meticulous planner and a commander who took his place at the front of the battle. He was trusted by civilians; worshipped by his men, and detested by most of his officers. Philip Warner had exclusive access to the papers of the Kitchener family while researching this book, and spoke to the few people still alive who knew the man personally. The result is the definitive biography of this most important yet least known of British generals.

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Philip Warner

Philip Warner served in the Army in the Second World War, and subsequently became a Senior Lecturer at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He is an experienced historian with a dozen books to his name, including World War Two, World War One and Auchinleck, also published by Cassell Military Paperbacks.

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