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Known for their brass bands and uniformed officers, the Salvation Army is recognizable worldwide. The book details how Reverend William Booth started his evangelical and philanthropic work, assisted by his wife Catherine, in East London in 1865. The organization became a 21st century global mission spanning more than 120 countries with support from thousands of volunteers in social welfare and education programs. This illustrated history tells the story of General Booth's vision, of the Salvation Army’s unique military structure, and the way it developed in the depths of poverty-stricken mid-Victorian Britain, often in the face of opposition, to provide everything from soup kitchens and song books, Mother and baby homes, to market gardens and disaster relief.