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Last night I finished my second book of the year, The River War by Sir Winston Churchill. The River War is a history of the joint British-Egyptian reconquest of the Sudan in the late 1890’s. Churchill participated in the campaign as a cavalry officer. I greatly enjoyed the book, but would not recommend it to another reader unless he or she is either a history nut or a Churchill fan. I am both, and subsequently loved it. Churchill’s analysis of a modern, scientific campaign against an ill-equipped and untrained yet fanatical foe is particularly interesting in light of the recent war in Iraq and the ongoing struggle in Afghanistan. Churchill is a member of that elite group of authors who elevate the English language to an art form.
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