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Gordon of KhartoumAn Extraordinary Soldier

Gordon of Khartoum

An Extraordinary Soldier

John Pollock
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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:

  • Part One: 'Yellow Jacket', 1833-1864.

  • Part Two: 'The Liberator' 1865-1879.

  • Part Three: 'The Pillar of Cloud' 1880-1883.

  • Part Four: 'Too Late' 1884-1885.

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.

John Pollock

About John Pollock

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.


  • Author: John Pollock
  • Release Date: September 2005
  • Pages: 448
  • Format: Trade paperback
  • Dimensions: 198 x 130
  • ISBN: 9781845500634
  • Imprint: Christian Focus
  • Category: History & Biography > Biography > Biography & Autobiography
  • Series: History Maker


Pollock has provided an interesting, readable accoount of Gordon's life. The book is well resarched and draws from his correspondence to family members and recollections of peers.

Byron Snapp, Calvary Herald, Calvary Reformed Presbyterian Church

'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
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