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The General, by C. S. Forester, chronicles the career of Herbert Curzon as he rises through the ranks during the Boer War and the first few years of the First World War. Curzon is a relatively ordinary man but becomes fully part of the machine of war, believing it is his duty to adhere to the same old tactics, even when they patently do not work. It has a sharp satirical edge (“Men who stopped to think about their chances of being killed were a nuisance to their superior officers”) and highlights especially well the futility of so many people dying at Ypres, Passchendaele, and the Somme.
You may recognize C. S. Forester as the author of the Hornblower series. Some of his other books include The Captain from Connecticut, which is set at the tail end of the Napoleonic Wars, and Hunting the Bismarck, which tells of how the British navy took down one of the German navy’s most ferocious battleships in the Second World War.
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