am 23. April 1998
Kincaid's thoroughly entertaining account of his participation in some of the major campaigns on the Peninsula during the Napoleonic Wars makes for lively, sometimes funny reading, though Kincaid never loses touch with the grim realities of warfare. His self-depricating humor, heart-felt patriotism, and sensitive reactions to death and destruction bring him to life, and makes the reader wish he/she had known him. He spends most of the book describing every-day life in Wellington's army, the hardships of traveling with an outnumbered and ill-supported force. His accounts of the battles are vivid and engaging. This work was extremely well-received at the time of its first publication, and is one of the sources for the popular Sharpe's series by Bernard Cornwell. It makes a wonderful companion book to anyone who appreciates Cornwell's ragtag officer.