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With the same flair for history and narrative that distinguishes his best fiction, Caleb Carr tells the incredible story of Frederick Townsend Ward, the American mercenary who fought for the emperor of China in the Taiping rebellion, history's bloodiest war. The Devil Soldier is a thrilling, masterfully researched biography of the kind of adventurer the world no longer sees.
"Imagine an American version of Lawrence of Arabia at large in nineteenth century China, add the devil-may-care exploits of Indiana Jones and the high moral purpose of Robin Hood, and you'll have a rough idea of what the adventurer Frederick Townsend Ward was really like. His story, recounted by Caleb Carr in The Devil Soldier with authority and high spirits, is so marvelously improbable, so rich in exotic detail, that it often reads more like a historical thriller than the serious work of history that it is."--Los Angeles Times