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On the Heels of De Wet   By: (1871-1955)

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In "On the Heels of De Wet" by Lionel James, readers are taken on an enthralling journey through the tumultuous South African landscape during the Boer War. With intricate storytelling and meticulous attention to historical detail, James manages to capture the essence of this captivating period in history.

The narrative follows the arduous pursuit of the elusive Boer commander, General Christiaan de Wet, by British forces. James expertly weaves together multiple perspectives, including both military commanders and ordinary soldiers, allowing readers to gain a comprehensive understanding of the conflict from various angles.

What truly sets this book apart is the exceptional character development. James breathes life into each individual, making their struggles and triumphs resonate with readers on a profound level. From the stoic and determined British officers to the fiercely passionate Boer fighters, the characters feel real and evoke a strong emotional response.

Moreover, "On the Heels of De Wet" delves deep into the complexities of war, exploring themes of loyalty, sacrifice, and the devastating impact of conflict on both soldiers and civilians. James bravely confronts the moral dilemmas faced by individuals on both sides of the war, forcing readers to question their own values and beliefs.

While the book is undeniably gripping, it does have its drawbacks. At times, the narrative can become bogged down by an overabundance of historical information, making it feel dense and overwhelming. However, those with a keen interest in the Boer War will appreciate the attention to detail and the comprehensive portrayal of the conflict.

Overall, "On the Heels of De Wet" is a gripping, emotive, and meticulously researched book that offers a captivating insight into the Boer War. Lionel James masterfully brings the characters and the historical period to life, allowing readers to fully immerse themselves in the tumultuous events of the time. Despite its occasional density, this book is highly recommended for history enthusiasts and those seeking a fascinating and thought-provoking read.

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William Blackwood and Sons Edinburgh and London MCMII



This short history is an amplification of a diary kept by the author during the late war, which amplification, through the courtesy of the editor, was published as a series of papers in 'Blackwood's Magazine.' The author is well aware of the shortcomings of his work, which he presents to the public in all humility, after asking pardon from such of the performers on his stage as may see through the slight veil of anonymity in which it has been attempted to enshroud them. If any should think the few criticisms which have crept into the text unjust, will they bear in mind that the regimental officer has suffered, in silence, much for the sins of others. It is the author's conviction that cases were rare when the ship did not sail true enough: in the beginning she may have badly wanted cleaning below the water line, but she never failed to answer her helm. It was more often the man at the helm than the sailing quality of the vessel that was at fault, and the marvel is that she was of sufficiently tough construction to be able to stand the stress incurred by indifferent seamanship.

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