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Waterloo: The Aftermath by Paul O'Keeffe
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Waterloo: The Aftermath

by Paul O'Keeffe

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Marshal Grouchy would insist until the end of his life that a dispatch he received on 18 June 1815 - a dispatch written at one o'clock in the afternoon and which did not reach him until five - had declared the battle won: en ce moment la Bataille est gagnée’.
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In the early morning hours of June 19, 1815, more than 50,000 men and 7,000 horses lay dead and wounded on a battlefield just south of Brussels. In the hours, days, weeks and months that followed, news of the battle would begin to shape the consciousness of an age; the battlegrounds would be looted and cleared, its dead buried or burned, its ground and ruins overrun by voyeuristic tourists; the victorious British and Prussian armies would invade France and occupy Paris. And as his enemies within and without France closed in, Napoleon saw no avenue ahead but surrender, exile and captivity. In this dramatic account of the aftermath of the battle of Waterloo, Paul O'Keeffe employs a multiplicity of contemporary sources and viewpoints to create a reading experience that brings into focus as never before the sights, sounds, and smells of the battlefield, of conquest and defeat, of celebration and riot.… (more)

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