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Bibliography for Horatio Herbert Kitchener, the first Earl Kitchener of Khartoum

Life of Lord Kitchener (3 volumes) by Sir Arthur George (1920)
– A contemporary account by Kitchener’s former private secretary

Kitchener: Portrait of an Imperialist by Sir Philip Magnus (1959)
– A landmark biography, which presents all sides of Kitchener’s life

Kitchener: Architect of Victory by George Cassar (1977)
– An extensive work focused on Kitchener’s role in the First World War

Kitchener – Volume 1: The Road to Omdurman, Volume 2: Saviour of the Nation by John Pollock (2001)
– A well-regarded major biography, enlightening and sympathetic

Victoria’s Generals by Steven Corvi and Ian Beckett (2009)
– Includes a chapter on Kitchener by Keith Surridge

Kitchener: Hero and Anti-Hero by Brad Faught (2016)
– A recent biography by an academic historian that weighs all aspects of Kitchener

The Kitchener Enigma: The Life and Death of Lord Kitchener of Khartoum 1850-1916 by Trevor Royle (2016)
– A re-assessment of Kitchener by a prolific military historian

Who Killed Kitchener? The Life and Death of Britain’s most famous War Minister by David Laws (2019)
– A gripping account of Kitchener’s last days

Kitchener: The Man not the Myth by Anne Samson (2019)
– A recent book with a focus on Kitchener the man

‘A Man for All Seasons’ or ‘A Soldier of His Time?’ Kitchener of Khartoum Article by Dr Rodney Atwood in Soldiers of the Queen (S.O.T.Q.) Issue 178 2020
– Accessible on the website of the Victorian Military Society: VMS SOTQ Journal Issue 178 (

Note: Further sources may be found in the bibliographies and references included in the above works.