Here is a full-length, full dress, complete biography of Charles George Gordon, the soldier-saint of the British Empire at its dazzling 19th century peak. It should completely replace the portrait in Strachey's debunking Eminent Victorians and equally the slickly popular Chinese Gordon of recent vintage. This is a fine piece of scholarship, of historical and psychological research. The main outlines of his career are familiar:- his fantastic victories for the old Chinese Empire; his exploits in breaking up the slave trade of the Upper Nile; his role in insuring England's grip on Egypt; his final tragic stand at Khartoum, resisting the fanatical Mahdi, where he was left too long unrelieved and there met his death. What is not well known is the extreme religious fanaticism of Gordon. He abjured women and money, fought his love of worldly fame, and evolved a personal philosophy of complete reliance on God and fearlessness in face of death. His was a vivid life of daring and adventure and combat, of unequalled altruism, to those in need. This is a fascinating book about a fascinating man, despite some shortcomings of style. Recommend this to those who liked Cecil Woodham-Smith's The Reason Why.