The Great Boer War
By Arthur Conan Doyle. Better known for his Sherlock Holmes books, this Conan Doyle history book was one of the first complete chronicles of the Anglo-Boer War—written as it happened.
First published in 1902, Conan Doyle’s book became the standard by which all other histories of that conflict became to be measured.
Doyle said of the Boers:
“Take a community of Dutchmen of the type of those who defended themselves for 50 years against all the power of Spain . . . intermix with them a strain of inflexible French Huguenots [and the] product must obviously be one of the most rugged, virile, unconquerable races ever seen upon Earth. Take this formidable people and train them for seven generations in constant warfare against savage men and ferocious beasts, in circumstances under which no weakling could survive, place them so that they acquire exceptional skill with weapons and in horsemanship, give them a country which is eminently suited to the tactics of the huntsman, the marksman, and the rider . . . and you have the modern Boer—the most formidable antagonist who ever crossed the path of Imperial Britain.”
Conan Doyle admits the Boers were better fighters than even the armies of Napoleon Bonaparte. Completely reset with two dozen unique and rare pictures from the conflict.
Softcover, 262 pages