'Charge!' by Justin Pollard (2008)

Charge! - Justin Pollard

Justin Pollard, Charge! The Interesting Bits of Military History (London: John Murray, 2008), 270pp

 

A pleasant book compiling the interesting factual anecdotes that the author has acquired over years of research into military history. Many of these are amusing, others curious and some tragic, but all are told competently by Pollard, who ably provides historical context for each of the little tidbits without getting bogged down in dusty fact. The book's brevity is welcome, and whilst some of the stories will be familiar to even amateur historians, Charge! is nevertheless a welcome read. Pollard is a researcher for the television show QI, which stands for 'quite interesting'. That is also an accurate description for this book.