WARS AND WORDS
THE LIBRARY OF GEORGE CLARKE MUSGRAVE


GEORGE CLARKE MUSGRAVE'S BOOKS ON AMAZON

During his life as a war correspondent and journalist, George Clarke Musgrave saw action with both British and American forces in a number of conflicts across the world. His articles from these conflicts were published in many national and international journals including: the Illustrated London News, the London Chronicle, the Daily Mail, Strand Magazine, Black and White Review and the New York Times. He also wrote a number of books which were readily published and well received by audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. His books are now out of print and first editions are rare and expensive. Copies that are available have been covered as separate works by various publishers in a range of formats but these often disappoint in terms of both quality and consistency. Accordingly, in seeking to bring his library back to life, our primary aim is to create a unified platform where all of our author's books are available to as wide an audience as possible. Because of the disparate publishing practices already in place, however, it has been necessary to restructure and re-title some of his works. Within this proviso, we now have an Amazon platform offering authentic adaptations of all of George Clarke Musgrave's works, written with a particular focus on preserving the action, the excitement, the drama and the emotion of his original narrative So, alongside the option of his original works as Word doc or PDF downloads, readers can now choose to access hard copy paperbacks and e-books from our dedicated pages on the Amazon library.

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Ashanti coverAn Ashanti Uprising ...
Based on the original book "To Kumassi with Scott"
An accurate and entertaining account of Sir Francis Scott's Ashanti Expedition of 1895-96, vividly portraying the killing fields, the treachery and the debauchery that characterised this gold-rich outpost of the Empire, building to the final scenes when King Prempeh had to undergo the ultimate humiliation in the sight of his chiefs and subjects. Even after Kumassi had been occupied by the British troops, the Ashanti continued to proclaim the invincible greatness of their King. But there could be no more self-deception when the King and the Queen-mother had to kneel before the Governor and embrace his feet. The final denouement followed when Prempeh refused to pay the indemnity that had been owed to the British for more than twenty years, at which point the Royal family was seized, deported to the Coast as prisoners and exiled to the British colony of Sierra Leone. The lands of Ashanti had stood as the great barrier to the development of our African territories and the expedition had been a brilliant success in fully accomplishing its object.
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The Cuban Crisis coverThe Cuban Crisis ...
Based on the original book "Under Three Flags in Cuba"
Following his recuperation from a chest wound received at the fall of Santiago, our author tells us about the patriotic struggles of the Cubans, and about the iniquities practised upon them by the impulsive Spanish occupation of Cuba. Sent with a dual commission from an English newspaper and an American journal, he landed in Cuba "a warm sympathiser with Spain." For two years, though, he lived and served with the revolutionaries, learned of their cause and experienced their suffering. Appointed as a Captain on General Garcia's staff, he repeatedly crossed the lines carrying despatches from the insurgent Cuban Government to the Americans. Danger and hardship became his companions and he was twice imprisoned, three times wounded, barely rescued from a spy's death and finally arrested and deported to Spain under threat of execution. He was later invited by General Shafter as one of only a handful of correspondents to witness the surrender of the Spanish forces.
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The Silent Trauma of War coverThe Silent Trauma of War ...
Based on the experiences of the second Boer War and the notes and diaries compiled during the siege of the foreign Legations at Peking
No one who has seen the horrors of war can pen words to glorify it. Neither can they minimise its deeply embedded lies, truths, prejudices or values. And this is the dilemma faced by every correspondent, journalist and author: how to portray a true and accurate account of war in its intimate detail while remaining unaffected by the causal factors underlying the conflict. In writing of war, well-known episodes must take their place; so must the personal observations of those who were there in the field, the bivouacs, the hospitals and the trenches. The writer's eye must also be sharp enough to see through the fog that obscures every arena of conflict, grown thick from the ivory-tower diplomacy and chess-board planning of war by ignorant politicians; the life and death decisions of generals walking tall on their given pedestals; the incompetence of officials that is evident at every level, and the foul stain of corruption that sucks the very lifeblood from the fighting man. This is the silent trauma of war.
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The World at War coverThe World at War ...
Based on the original book "Under Four Flags for France"
A graphic, straightforward history of the war on the Western Front, written at the suggestion of an American officer who, on his arrival in France, found that he could not gain a meaningful perspective on the war raging across Europe. He had followed its phases in the newspapers and the imposing array of war books but found that, by concentrating primarily on the great events, the overall canvas had become too large to comprehend. Based mainly on personal observation, however, this book has the advantage of being the work of a war correspondent of no ordinary ability; a man who saw himself as "a Briton by birth and an American by adoption," and is certainly not lacking in perspective. Through his vivid, accurate and illuminating narrative, our author draws his pictures with an eye to the diplomatic reasons behind the plans of war, the great sweep of armies as they manoeuvre for advantage, and the effect of the life and death decisions of Generals on the fighting man and on the civilian population.
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Wars and Words coverWars and Words ...
Following service in the British Army, brought to a premature end by injury and subsequent medical discharge, George Clarke Musgrave became a war correspondent and journalist, seeing action with both British and American forces in a number of conflicts across the world. His articles from these conflicts were published in many national and international journals. He also wrote a number of books which were readily published and well received by audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. In his career of twenty-five years, he travelled across six continents and twenty-one countries, experiencing action in five separate theatres of war. So, come with us to the Ashanti territories; to Garcia's Santiago; to the lands of the Transvaal; the battlefields of France; the brutal hotbed of rebellion in China; and the glorious vastness of America. Share with us the raw brutality, the traumas and the evils of war and our undying admiration for the men and women who have lived and loved, suffered and triumphed in its fighting. Discover in these writings a chronicle of the horrors, the joys, the tears, the pleasures, the pain and the blessings of a life that our author tried to live well.
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War with the Boer coverWar with the Boer ...
Based on the original book "In South Africa with Buller"
In this hard-hitting chronological account of the second Boer war, the scene is set with the sending of the Boer ultimatum from President Kruger to England, followed by a general overview of the South African republics and the key factors which led to the war, building to the opening of hostilities at Kraaipan in October 1899, and the military operations that followed. In vivid and graphic detail, with special emphasis on the actions of the Commander-in-Chief, Sir Redvers Buller and his General Staff, George Clarke Musgrave's narrative can be commended for its clarity and comprehensiveness. The Boer sieges and the subsequent battles for the relief of Kimberley, Mafeking and Ladysmith are covered both in strategic terms and in the intimate detail that is the reality of individuals fighting, suffering and dying for their country. Our author also delivers a stinging but accurate rebuke against the treachery and back-stabbing of the self-serving cheats, liars and money-grabbers that inevitably rise from their slime in times of conflict.
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The Boxer Rebellion coverThe Boxer Rebellion ...
Based on the notes and diaries compiled during the siege of the foreign Legations at Peking
Called back from his honeymoon by an urgent telegram from the New York Times, our author left for San Francisco on 9th July 1900, from where he sailed for China to join the eight-nation alliance mounting what was termed the "China Relief Expedition." There is no written material relevant for this book. Instead, we have only a collection of notes, diary entries, photographs and despatches covering the four weeks spent in China. For such an experienced, committed and prolific writer, this is something of a surprise, but the clues lie in the tenor of the words that he uses to describe the horror, the brutality and the sheer trauma of his experiences; and here lies the reason why our author penned no words for publication. In a note describing his final hours in the city, together with a group of three fellow correspondents, he wrote; "not one of us had ever known such an assault on the senses; not one of us had ever been exposed to such obscene visions of reality."
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Cuba - Pearl of the AntillesCuba - Pearl of the Antilles ...
Based on the original book "Cuba: the Land of Opportunity"
The war has taught the world more geography and history than a century of ordinary education would have imparted. It has destroyed many inherited prejudices and shattered the complacency which was shackling the imagination that built up the British Empire. As Peace introduces a new era of international comity which will test the bonds forged between the Allied countries, this seems an opportune time to present some simple facts regarding Cuba, a young member of the family of nations, that has stood solidly with the Allies from the outset, but of whom the British people know so little. Europe's commercial interests have suffered for many years because of our apathy, obsolete notions, and lack of information regarding Cuba but it is no exaggeration to speak of Cuba as the key to the Western Hemisphere. Her strategic position between North and South America, commanding the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea, as well as her rare qualities as a country, entitles her to this definition.
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