September 20, 2011
By David Fortier
Dave Fortier is always on the lookout for more reading matter, and he has a found a site that lets you download whole books for free. http://www.manybooks.net You can guess that these titles are in the public domain, so there are no current best-sellers, but there are plenty of classics that will interest SGN readers. Here he looks at a representative example.
The Afghan Wars, written by Archibald Forbes in 1892, is a British account of two Anglo-Afghan wars, fought between British India and Afghanistan; the first war took place from 1839-1842, and the second 1878-1880. Though history dictates the conclusion of both British invasions (in which neither side really wins the wars and the Britons retreat twice, but still accomplish their objectives), Forbes' account is saturated with details of the occupations and soldiers' experiences, while still conveying the overall experience and outcome of each war. This work is perfect for students of British and Middle Eastern military history as well as those interested in war in Afghanistan.