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Publisher's Summary

The Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) is one of the most intriguing conflicts of modern history. It has been labeled many things: the first media war, a precursor of the First and Second World Wars, the originator of apartheid. The difference in status and resources between the superpower Great Britain and two insignificant Boer republics in southern Africa was enormous. But, against all expectation, it took the British every effort and a huge sum of money to win the war, not least by unleashing a campaign of systematic terror against the civilian population.
In The Boer War, winner of the Netherland's 2013 Libris History Prize and shortlisted for the 2013 AKO Literature Prize, the author brings a completely new perspective to this chapter of South African history, critically examining the involvement of the Netherlands in the war. Furthermore, unlike other accounts, Martin Bossenbroek explores the war primarily through the experiences of three men uniquely active during the bloody conflict. They are Willem Leyds, the Dutch lawyer who was to become South African Republic state secretary and eventual European envoy; Winston Churchill, then a British war reporter; and Deneys Reitz, a young Boer commando. The vivid and engaging experiences of these three men enables a more personal and nuanced story of the war to be told, and, at the same time, offers a fresh approach to a conflict that shaped the nation-state of South Africa.
©2012  Martin Bossenbroeck (P)2017   Recorded Books
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5 out of 5 stars
By Brian on 01-30-18

Excellent Detail

I was disappointed about the lack of audiobooks on the Anglo-Boer wars until this one came's fantastic for those searching for this topic and history.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Douglas on 04-17-18

Interesting and engaging view of the War

An interesting and engaging account of the War written from the differing personal accounts by notable participants in the Boer war. This makes it easy to follow and understand the politics around the war. The accounts of how things transpired in Europe and the Netherlands in particular are refreshing.

However I have two complaints. For a South African it is hard to follow at times due to the Dutch instead of Afrikaans pronounciations of names and places. The insistent and unnecessary use of racial terms, common in its day but deeply offensive today, is jarring. Other than that it is very good.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Graham on 04-11-18

Bad Pronouncition of South African characters

What did you like best about The Boer War? What did you like least?

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Boer War?

My great grandparents were in the british army in South Africa . The one at Rorke's drift and the other Boer War ( ?) Not proud of this aspect of my ancestors.The treatment of the Boers by the British was horrific. Kitchener was a disgrace. Biggest casualties Boer children............. ten of thousands , then Women and finally Boer soldiers. Burning of their farms, not feeding prisoners on occasions, concentration camps for women run by men...thank .heavens for Mary Hobhouse.

Did James Langton do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

I think James should have done more homework on the pronunciation of South African Towns and names.e.g. Pronunciation of Smuts as in rude (smut) versus as in kissing ( smooch). Maybe I am bias and I would hate James to hear my pronunciation certain English words!

Did The Boer War inspire you to do anything?

follow the careers of certain characters post the Boer War. Smuts, Churchill and Kitchener in particular.

Any additional comments?

was it true that Kruger decreed that any Boer who killed Buller would be had up for treason?

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