Wellington, Napoleon, and the Battle That Saved Europe

Book - 2014 | First Pegasus Books cloth edition.
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Wellington remarked that Waterloo was "a damned nice thing," meaning uncertain or finely balanced. He was right. For his part, Napoleon reckoned "the English are bad troops and this affair is nothing more than eating breakfast." He was wrong--and this gripping and dramatic narrative history shows just how wrong.Fought on Sunday, June 18th, 1815, by some 220,000 men over rain-sodden ground in what is now Belgium, the Battle of Waterloo brought an end to twenty-three years of almost continual war between imperial France and her enemies. A decisive defeat for Napoleon and a hard-won victory for the Allied armies of the Duke of Wellington and the Prussians, led by the stalwart Marshal Blucher, it brought about the French emperor's final exile to St. Helena and cleared the way for Britain to become the dominant military power in the world.The Napoleonic Wars are a source of endless fascination and this authoritative volume provides a wide and colorful window into this all-important climatic battle.
Publisher: New York :, Pegasus Books,, 2014.
Edition: First Pegasus Books cloth edition.
ISBN: 9781605986524
Characteristics: xxiii, 341 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 24 cm


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Jan 10, 2018

As droll a history as one can find. The another occasionally delves into the history of British units to the point of distraction but this lends authenticity to his efforts. His frequent use of footnotes adds a lot to the narrative. Highly recommended

Feb 29, 2016

A totally interesting book on the Battle of Waterloo and covers both sides of this conflict which was the culmination of Napoleon's unauthorized escape from exile in Corsica. The author's keen knowledge of European nationalities certainly adds detail that this novice military historian was not previously aware of. Highly recommended.

Mar 11, 2015

Clear, concise and crisply written. What makes this book delightful are the author's comments reflecting his military experience and the English perspective on the battle of Waterloo.

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