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Winston Churchill was Prime Minister of England during some of the most important moments in history. In 1953 Churchill won the Nobel Prize in Literature. Written in 1898 this book Jang-e-Malakand (The Story of the Malakand Field Force)was the first non-fiction book written by Churchill. The book details the military campaign in what is now Pakistan and Afghanistan. Churchill was a second Lieutenant. The British moved into the mountain to fight a punitive campaign, because of the malicious raids on the villages in India. By being a part of the military forces in this campaign Churchill gained the strategic knowledge he would later need in World War 1.
Rarely are books so well written as this; and whatever Churchill wrote in 1897 in this account still holds very much true, if not more so, for the context of this narrative. Were anybody to write an account on this subject today, it would hardly differ from Churchill's. His opinions are still very much valid, and those who value truthful methods of analysis are well aware of this. This book must not be spurned by experts. Given the nature of the current overall situation prevailing in this region and its effect on the rest of the world, this book becomes more important than ever as a reference primer.
Malakand campaign is part of Churchill s biography. In his own style he has explained in this book as to how the British forces quelled a revolt (indeed a localized freedom fight). This is his personal account as he participated in the campaign himself. This is the same area where presently a war is being fought between Taliban and Pakistan Army. Similarity of situation is surprising even though a century apart. It seems as if the times have not changed only the characters are new.
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Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill (1874-1965) described himself as "an English-Speaking Union"; being the son of Lord Randolph Churchill and the American heiress Jennie Jerome. He was educated at Harrow and the Royal Military College at Sandhurst, and was sent to India with a cavalry commission in 1895. He won early fame as a war correspondent, covering the Cuban revolt against Spain (1895), and British campaigns in the Northwest Frontier of India (1897), the Sudan (1898) and South Africa during the Boer War (1899). Churchill had authored five books by the age of 26. His daring escape from a Boer prison camp in 1899 made him a national hero and ushered him into the House of Commons, where his career spanned 60 years.
He was a soldier, historian, statesman, artist, a Nobel award holder writer and a fiery speaker. Such a combination is a very rare finding in pages of history. However he is best known for his leadership role in Second World War during which he turned British defeat into victory.
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