One of the best books I have read for a long time. The depth and thoroughness of the research are amazing. The author paints a picture of a particular British social class at home, at war and in India from the 1880's to the 1920's. The descriptions of the trench warfare, the inane decisons of the commanders and the heroism of the medical staff are amazing. A great read, an easy read but a slow read because of the fascinating detail about places and people, famous and obscure. This book also has what simliar boos often lack: clear, easily read maps.