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African Kaiser (2017)

de Robert Gaudi

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The incredible true account of World War I in Africa and General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, the last undefeated German commander. "Let me say straight out that if all military histories were as thrilling and well written as Robert Gaudi's African Kaiser, I might give up reading fiction and literary bio­graphy... Gaudi writes with the flair of a latter-day Macaulay. He sets his scenes carefully and describes naval and military action like a novelist."--Michael Dirda, The Washington Post As World War I ravaged the European continent, a completely different theater of war was being contested in Africa. And from this very different kind of war, there emerged a very different kind of military leader....   At the beginning of the twentieth century, the continent of Africa was a hotbed of international trade, colonialism, and political gamesmanship. So when World War I broke out, the European powers were forced to contend with one another not just in the bloody trenches, but in the treacherous jungle. And it was in that unforgiving land that General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck would make history.   With the now-legendary Schutztruppe (Defensive Force), von Lettow-Vorbeck and a small cadre of hardened German officers fought alongside their fanatically devoted native African allies as equals, creating the first truly integrated army of the modern age.   African Kaiser is the fascinating story of a forgotten guerrilla campaign in a remote corner of Equatorial Africa in World War I; of a small army of ultraloyal African troops led by a smaller cadre of rugged German officers--of white men and black who fought side by side. But mostly it is the story of von Lettow-Vorbeck--the only undefeated German commmander in the field during World War I and the last to surrender his arms.… (mais)
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African Kaiser: General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck and the Great War in Africa, 1914-1918 de Robert Gaudi (2017)

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Written in the style of a novel and with all too many schoolboy inaccuracies it reads fairly well and contains much interesting detail. However, the errors intrude all to often and leave the reader wondering just how much of the remainder is accurate.

A much better book on the subject is "Tip and Run", I'd recommend you buy that instead. ( )
  abrazier | Sep 21, 2017 |
African Kaiser is probably the best book about one of the most fascinating and overlooked episodes of WWI, the German East Africa campaign. The war on this tropical front didn't bog down into trenches but was characterized by continual maneuver and sabotage in exotic settings with famous African big-game hunters and romantic stories one finds in The African Queen. Such it was with General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck who remained undefeated despite overwhelming odds. The stories are wonderful the stuff of legend, but hardly known in the English speaking world, probably because Lettow emerges the hero, morally and otherwise, while the British are the bumbling fools and abusers. Robert Gaudi has written an absorbing and transporting account of this amazing time and place. Gaudi's writing is first rate, I would read anything by him again, he is at the top of the form in creative non-fiction. My only complaint it isn't a longer book. ( )
  Stbalbach | Apr 9, 2017 |
Very interesting narrative about the Great War in Africa. Lettow-Vorbek serves as the main trunk on which the story is centered, but the author goes fairly far away in giving large pieces of the story. The events are fascinating and lend themselves to an entertaining book, which the author has written. ( )
  Whiskey3pa | Mar 29, 2017 |
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Let me say straight out that if all military histories were as thrilling and well written as Robert Gaudi’s “African Kaiser,” I might give up reading fiction and literary bio­graphy.
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The incredible true account of World War I in Africa and General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, the last undefeated German commander. "Let me say straight out that if all military histories were as thrilling and well written as Robert Gaudi's African Kaiser, I might give up reading fiction and literary bio­graphy... Gaudi writes with the flair of a latter-day Macaulay. He sets his scenes carefully and describes naval and military action like a novelist."--Michael Dirda, The Washington Post As World War I ravaged the European continent, a completely different theater of war was being contested in Africa. And from this very different kind of war, there emerged a very different kind of military leader....   At the beginning of the twentieth century, the continent of Africa was a hotbed of international trade, colonialism, and political gamesmanship. So when World War I broke out, the European powers were forced to contend with one another not just in the bloody trenches, but in the treacherous jungle. And it was in that unforgiving land that General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck would make history.   With the now-legendary Schutztruppe (Defensive Force), von Lettow-Vorbeck and a small cadre of hardened German officers fought alongside their fanatically devoted native African allies as equals, creating the first truly integrated army of the modern age.   African Kaiser is the fascinating story of a forgotten guerrilla campaign in a remote corner of Equatorial Africa in World War I; of a small army of ultraloyal African troops led by a smaller cadre of rugged German officers--of white men and black who fought side by side. But mostly it is the story of von Lettow-Vorbeck--the only undefeated German commmander in the field during World War I and the last to surrender his arms.

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