At a time when South Africa and its racial crisis make daily news, this highly readable, lively history recreates the long, grim years of the Boer War, and thus makes the contemporary situation much more understandable to Americans. For the rich, complacent Victorian England which warred against a stubborn Dutch Transvaal farmer was in many ways as much to blame for today's situation as the Dutch themselves. The book tells it all. Paul Kruger, Cecil Rhodes, Joseph Chamberlin, Winston Churchill, the Kaiser, General Kitchener, and many others appear as central or fascinating peripheral figures in the telling. And the great battles of Natal and Ladysmith come alive again with exciting, dust-boiling, brutal verisimilitude. Nor are the political forces behind these years of chaotic fighting neglected. The result is an entertaining, instructive historical work of the first order.