William Booth: The General and His ArmyThe Life and Legacy of William Booth Part 2: 1878-2015

Gordon Taylor

In thirty-four years as General of The Salvation Army, William Booth was a tireless evangelist, a world traveller and a social reformer. A legend in his own lifetime, his well-worn voice can be heard on gramophone recordings, and his distinctive features can be seen in photographs and on early cinematograph film.

Vilified by his critics and admired by his supporters, he was called 'The Prophet of the Poor', 'God's Soldier', and 'The General Next to God'. Colleges and schools, hostels, homes and hospitals, and even a mountain were named after him. He met kings and prominent statesmen, became a Freeman of London and Nottingham, an was awarded an honorary degree by Oxford University. In 2015, at the Army's 150th anniversary in London, his life and legacy were celebrated by 35,000 Salvationist from around the world.

Through meticulous research, Gordon Taylor discovers the ‘man behind the myths’ and presents a fascinating narrative built around letters, diaries, newspaper reports, public addresses and personal writings.

Published August 2019. 


ISBN 978-1911149-99-6

Available from your local Salvation Army trade department, local bookshops and on Amazon.


ISBN 978-191298-00-7