Churchill's First War: Young Winston at War with the Afghans
About the Book
CHURCHILL'S FIRST WAR by Con Coughlin is a fascinating account of Winston Churchill's early military career fighting in the 1890 Afghan campaign, offering fresh and revealing parallels into today's war in Afghanistan.
Just over a century ago, British troops were fighting a vicious frontier war against Pashtun tribeman on the North West Frontier --- the great-great-grandfathers of the Taliban and tribal insurgents in modern-day Afghanistan. Winston Churchill, then a young cavalry lieutenant, wrote a vivid account of what he saw during his first major campaign. THE STORY OF MALAKAND FIELD FORCE, published in 1898, was Churchill’s first book and, a hundred years later, is required reading for military commanders on the ground, both British and American.
In CHURCHILL'S FIRST WAR, acclaimed author and foreign correspondent Con Coughlin tells the story of that campaign, a story of high adventure and imperial success, which contains many lessons and warnings for today. Combining historical narrative, interviews with contemporary key players, and the journalist’s eye for great color and analysis, CHURCHILL'S FIRST WAR affords us a rare insight into both the 19th-century "Great Game" and the 21st-century conflict that has raged longer than World War II.