In this riveting new biography, John Lee shows that Sir Ian Hamilton had a far more successful and influential military career than history has so far related. In the years before the First World War, Hamilton was widely acknowledged as possibly the most experienced soldier in the world. All this was to be shattered by the devestating failure in Gallipoli in 1915. Through painstaking study of archive material and contemporary sources. John Lee reveals that Gallipoli was a doomed exercise almost from the start and that Hamilton, though largely exonerated by the Dardanelles Commission which investigated the campaign, deserves to have his entire career re-assessed.