Walter Reid was educated at Oxford University, where he read history, and Edinburgh University. He is based in the west of Scotland, but spends part of the year in France. His earlier book, To Arras 1917, is in part a poignant memoir of a young officer who died of wounds sustained in the Battle of Arras, in part an exploration of the influences that formed him and so many others for service and death on the Western Front.
'Walter Reid's account of one of the most controversial figures in modern British history is both fair and just, two achievements that have eluded many writers on Douglas Haig. He has the historian's eye, which can see the significance of the apparently inconsequential'-- John Bourne, University of Birmingham
'A biography that is not just academically credible but which is also a very good read. I shall be very surprised if it does not sell'-- Gordon Corrigan, Military Historian and Broadcaster