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December 1962

Good-Bye Dolly Gray: The Story of the Boer War

Arch Intern Med. 1962;110(6):925-926. doi:10.1001/archinte.1962.03620240107029

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Those of us who think at all about Africa, South Africa in particular, and most of all the Union of South Africa, are likely to be appalled by the erupting passions of racism and the infinite number of problems which arise as the native population clamors ever more insistently for equal opportunity with their white masters. What little I knew of background for this seething contemporary scene was learned from Winston Churchill's swashbuckling account of his own fabulous feats as a sort of journalist pirate in the days of his youth during the Boer War. Rayne Kruger's book suddenly brings us back into the world of a little more than 60 years ago. I find it an extraordinarily able discussion of an extraordinarily complicated series of fiascoes and the final British victory or stalemate against their Boer enemies in what was perhaps the last war in which a reasonable degree

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