Sunday, June 12, 2011

Six books about military disasters

James Fergusson started out in journalism in 1989. His books include: Kandahar Cockney: A Tale of Two Worlds, The Vitamin Murders: Who Killed Healthy Eating in Britain?, and A Million Bullets: The Real Story of the British Army in Afghanistan.

His latest book is Taliban: The Unknown Enemy.

One of Fergusson's top six books about military disasters, as told to The Week magazine:
Good-bye to All That: An Autobiography by Robert Graves

The most moving account of trench warfare that I know. Before he became a successful poet and novelist, Graves survived the Battle of Loos during World War I, which saw the first mass deployment of British Field Marshal Herbert Kitchener’s army of civilian volunteers. Some 50,000 Britons were killed or wounded, for no territorial gain.
Read about the other books on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue