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Coughlin's portrait of the Pashtun warriors the British fought with dubious success and the parallels he draws with the United States and nato's struggle against their descendants are downright unnerving. (Foreign Affairs)
[Coughlin] has given us a fascinating portrait of a young man who knew what he wanted in life, and set out to achieve it with the relentlessness and determination that would later make him a legend. The book will be of particular interest to those who have fought in the most recent Afghan War. The Talib (students) that Churchill fought are the forerunners of today's Taliban. (Washington Times)
Churchill's First War is a fascinating book with much to recommend it...While other writers have made note of Britain's earlier experience in Afghanistan, Coughlin has done a great job of accomplishing the same thing through the eyes of just one person, the larger-than-life character that is Churchill. (Middle East Policy (Vol. XXII, Spring 2015, No. 1))
An absorbing youthful biography (Kirkus)
A fascinating book, especially for those not versed in the history of the region. Recommended. (Library Journal)
Coughlin examines the elements of Churchill's life that later took the form of a legendary prime minister, but he also provides a history of Afghanistan that reveals the origins of its modern struggles. (Publishers Weekly)
Reading this book is both an indulgent pleasure and a genuine education. (Times Literary Supplement)
CON COUGHLIN is the executive foreign editor of The Daily Telegraph and a world-renowned expert on the Middle East. He is the critically-acclaimed author of several books, including the international bestseller, Saddam. He appears regularly on television and radio in the United States and the UK to comment on international security issues.
Interesting, but slow reading. It's historical, which makes it heavier reading.Published 2 months ago by katy918
Should be required reading, the parallels experienced more than 100 years ago with the situations today are enlightening.Published 7 months ago by Betty A. Armacost
this is an impressive book of history that is as relevant today as at the turn of the last century. Churchill's observations are spot on about the Afghan tribal fighters and the... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Well written review of Chuchill's early life. Would probably be most valuable for one unfamiliar with his childhood and early career as much of the book is devoted to material that... Read morePublished 11 months ago by ernest
This book is very interested in many aspects. It describes the British upper class thinking of the time at the peak of the Empire and the Victorian era. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Elías Kristjánsson
Exceptional study of PM's early war years . As a war historian with extensive study of this campaign, I found new,materialPublished 15 months ago by WBradfordGary
I liked the tie-in to today's war; history repeating once again. Many new details of Winston Churchill's relentless drive for success.Published 16 months ago by mehouser4