Books: Whose Who's Who?

FLASHMAN : FROM THE FLASHAAAN PAPERS 1839-1842, edited and arranged by George MacDonald Fraser. 256 pages. World. $5.95.

It should have been obvious that Brigadier General Sir Harry Flashman was just too bad to be true. Liar, lecher, bully, coward and (according to his Who's Who entry, reprinted here) survivor of nearly every 19th century military disaster from the Siege of Lucknow to the Battle of Little Big Horn, he is as appalling and implausible a scoundrel as has ever shambled through the purlieus of the past. All the odder then that since this...

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