Kitchener: The Man Behind the Legend

By: Warner, Philip

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First edition. A very nice copy. Jacket spine lightly toned. 1986 Hard Cover. viii, 247 pp. Horatio Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl of Khartoum and of Broome, was Britain's last great military hero, a legend in his own time, and in ours. His face became known to millions before his death in 1916 because it appeared on recruiting posters for World War I over the caption Your Country Needs You. Trained as an engineer in the army, his talents were for planning, organization, and attention to detail, yet his appetite was for battle. As a young officer in 1871, he very nearly created an international incident by secretly going off to take part in the conflict between France and Germany in which England was neutral. And later, when he was in Cyprus making a survey of the land, he took sick leave and made straight for Egypt, where hostilities were building into a small war. He also played a major part in the victory against the Boers in South Africa. Kitchener's ambition was all for his country, and his travels as a surveyor for the army in many foreign countries had made him believe that British influence was good, and that the strengthening and extension of British influence was essential for world harmony. It was therefore the crowning moment of his career when he was asked to return to Britain as Secretary of State for War. Such a position would constitute a joining of his prodigious talents for organization with his enormous ambition for his country. When he came home, his countrymen breathed a collective sigh of relief. They trusted him and believed in him, and as he fulfilled all hope and expectation he became a great hero. His untimely death in 1916 while he was bound for Russia where he'd been asked to help organize against the coming revolution when his ship hit a mine in an unswept channel, stunned the nation. This lucid and exceptionally readable book was written with the full consent of Kitchener's family.

Title: Kitchener: The Man Behind the Legend

Author: Warner, Philip

Categories: Military, British, Military, Modern First Editions,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Atheneum: 1986

ISBN Number: 0689118058

ISBN Number 13: 9780689118050

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Seller ID: 2202518