James, John Angell
Charles George Gordon gained universal respect and affection in the slums of urban Victorian Britain fighting on spiritual battlegrounds.
Later, he obtained the same reputation as he commanded in battle Chinese, Egyptian, and African (but never British) troops, to become a British military hero. General Gordon died while trying to save Khartoum from fire and sword in 1885, the mourning from a grateful nation was only surpassed by the death's of Henry Havelock at Lucknow and Nelson at Trafalgar.
Gladstone, Britain's Prime Minister at the time feared it would bring down his government. He is now known as one of Britain's greatest military heroes in the line of Wellington, Nelson, Havelock, Harris and Montgomery.
There are 4 parts to this well researched and exciting biography:
John Pollock, author of other highly praised biographies (including Havelock's), draws on extensive, but little used, manuscript sources to vividly retell a fascinating and colourful true story of an extraordinary figure.
The late John Pollock, an award-winning biographer, had a flair for telling a dramatic story. He used this talent to write many biographies including ones on D. L. Moody and Major General Sir Henry Havelock.
'Gordon's mercurial character comes through with great charm from this narrative - it was not by chance that everyone called him Charlie - and Pollock demonstrates to good effect his un-heroic practicality...'
- The Guardian
'..is never supercilious and respects the complexity of [its] subject...recounts innumerable instances of heroism, yet in the end Christianity is the hero of [the] story...give it a try.'
- The Sunday Times
'A really excellent account... This is a shrewd and well-balanced assessment of an outstanding man. Not only an authoritative biography, but it is also highly readable.'
- Lt. Col. Sir Julian Paget
'This major and magisterial book... the most important yet by this shrewd author. It must be read.'
- Rt. Revd. Maurice Wood