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Waterloo The History of Four Days, Three…

Waterloo The History of Four Days, Three Armies and Three Battles (edition 2014)

by Bernard Cornwell (Author)

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Title:Waterloo The History of Four Days, Three Armies and Three Battles
Authors:Bernard Cornwell (Author)
Info:Harpercollins (2014), Edition: First Edition
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Waterloo: The History of Four Days, Three Armies, and Three Battles by Bernard Cornwell



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In the forward, Cornwell (one of my favorite authors of historical fiction) poses the question, "why another book on Waterloo?" It is, after all, one of the most studied and written about battles. Given that he poses that question, we would expect he has something meaningful to add to the volume of literature on the subject. Does he?

Well, not really. Perhaps some of the accounts and anecdotes quoted are from sources not previously used by other authors, but there are no really profound insights. It's not a bad book on the subject -- indeed, it's a fine choice for someone with a casual interest in the battle, since Cornwell does bring his story-telling chops where others might be drier, more technical accounts. Napoleon's failure to compensate for the egregious tactical failures of Ney and Grouchy ultimately decided his fate -- his grand-strategy was spot-on and even with mistake after mistake being committed, the French had a chance to prevail at the end.

Cornwell does not engage in speculation of what might have been -- and that's a shame since I'd be interested in hearing such thoughts from him. As Waterloo books go, this one is fine, just a little too indistinguishable from the rest. ( )
  JeffV | Feb 4, 2018 |
Very detailed account of the Battle of Waterloo. Almost too detailed. But interesting nonetheless. Sadly, total carnage. I'm amazed anyone survived. ( )
  VictoriaJZ | Oct 30, 2017 |
It is 200 years since the Battle of Waterloo took place in Belgium and changed the course of history. Napoleon Bonaparte, the French Emperor, had escaped from his exile on Elba and had returned to Paris. The French Government and people greeted him and quickly overthrew the restored monarchy of Louis XVIII. Bonaparte gathered a huge army and marched over the French border. The victor of the Peninsular War against Bonaparte was Lord Wellington, a hands-on, admired General, everything Bonaparte was not. Along with his Prussian allies led by General Blucher, Wellington made a stand in an area around the village of Waterloo and over four days thousands of men fought bloodily and hard.
Whilst in the UK we celebrate Waterloo as a great victory this book outlines just how hard-fought the Battle was and how it could have gone either way. Before the decisive battle both the British and the Prussians had fought the French separately and had only been saved from defeat by questionable decisions made on all sides. In the final battle Wellington's troops sustained bombardment after bombardment and, at one point near the end, were very nearly overwhelmed.
Cornwell is not a scholar as such and this is what makes this book so good. In his fiction Cornwell uses research to give authenticity to his narrative, in this word of non-fiction he uses his narrative skills to colour the facts. This makes the book both learned and a good, pacy read. ( )
  pluckedhighbrow | Jun 26, 2017 |
If you've ever read or seen a "War and Peace" not Piece. :), you'll understand why I had to read this story.
This was such a great retelling of a famous battle and it shone the light not just on famous names that fought it but some infamous as well.

It was pure genius to bring us the recounting of this battle through multiple view points, using real words of the soldiers on all sides of the war, through their correspondence.
The author literally painted the carnage of this battle in so vivid of detail that it brought tears to my eyes.

I highly recommended to all that are interested to know in what it took to pull the victory over Napoleon.

Melanie for b2b

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  bookworm2bookworm | Mar 30, 2017 |
Moving and well-paced story of one of the major battles of the the 19th century. Most fascinating is the story of the Wellington and Napoleon and their first contest between the finest military minds of the age.

Well worth reading, insightful and interesting. ( )
  bhuesers | Mar 29, 2017 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0062312057, Hardcover)

#1 Bestseller in the U.K.

From the New York Times bestselling author and master of martial fiction comes the definitive, illustrated history of one of the greatest battles ever fought—a riveting nonfiction chronicle published to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s last stand.

On June 18, 1815 the armies of France, Britain and Prussia descended upon a quiet valley south of Brussels. In the previous three days, the French army had beaten the Prussians at Ligny and fought the British to a standstill at Quatre-Bras. The Allies were in retreat. The little village north of where they turned to fight the French army was called Waterloo. The blood-soaked battle to which it gave its name would become a landmark in European history.

In his first work of nonfiction, Bernard Cornwell combines his storytelling skills with a meticulously researched history to give a riveting chronicle of every dramatic moment, from Napoleon’s daring escape from Elba to the smoke and gore of the three battlefields and their aftermath. Through quotes from the letters and diaries of Emperor Napoleon, the Duke of Wellington, and the ordinary officers and soldiers, he brings to life how it actually felt to fight those famous battles—as well as the moments of amazing bravery on both sides that left the actual outcome hanging in the balance until the bitter end.

Published to coincide with the battle’s bicentennial in 2015, Waterloo is a tense and gripping story of heroism and tragedy—and of the final battle that determined the fate of nineteenth-century Europe.

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An illustrated account chronicles in detail events ranging from Napoleon's escape from Elba through Waterloo's three major battlefield events.

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