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Waterloo: June 18, 1815: The Battle for Modern Europe

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Publisher Comments:

The epic career of Napoleon was brought to a shattering end on the evening of June 18, 1815, when his hastily formed legions faced the Anglo-Allied armies under the command of the Duke of Wellington. It was the only time these men — the two greatest captains of their age — fought against each other. Waterloo, once it was over, put an end to twenty-two years of French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, and led to a century of relative peace and progress in Europe.

When the wars of the future did come, they were fought with infinitely more appalling methods by a constantly changing balance of powers. At Waterloo, the honor of bold, lavish uniforms and, at least initially, the aesthetic beauty of battle were still intact.

With precision and elegance, Andrew Roberts lucidly sets the political, strategic, and historical scene before offering a breathtaking account of each successive stage of the battle.

He also draws on a recently discovered document from 1854 that casts new light on just how the battle was lost. It is a confession from a French officer that helps to explain why the French cavalry charged when it did — unsupported by infantry or artillery, and headlong at well-defended British squares. It shows that accident rather than design may have led to the debacle that lost Napoleon the battle, the campaign, and the war.

Authoritative and engrossing, Waterloo is a brilliant portrait of a legendary turning point in modern history, after which the balance of world power, the legend of Napoleon, and the art of war were never the same.

Book News Annotation:

For the general reader, Roberts describes the battle of Waterloo, a turning point in the Napoleonic wars, in which Napoleon's army lost to the Duke of Wellington, ending his reign and 22 years of fighting. He recounts the campaign and war strategies, and the five phases of the battle in detail. Maps are included, along with letters by Major Robert Dick and Captain Fortune Brack, and the Duke of Wellington's despatch about the battle. Roberts is the author of Napoleon and Wellington and a fellow at the Institute of Napoleonic Studies.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

For the general reader, Roberts describes the battle of Waterloo, a turning point in the Napoleonic wars, in which Napoleon's army lost to the Duke of Wellington, ending his reign and 22 years of fighting. He recounts the campaign and war strategies, and the five phases of the battle in detail. Maps are included, along with letters by Major Robert Dick and Captain Fortune Brack, and the Duke of Wellington's despatch about the battle. Roberts is the author of Napoleon and Wellington and a fellow at the Institute of Napoleonic Studies. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The author of "Napoleon & Wellington" takes a brilliant look at the conflict that ended Napoleon's reign and ushered in the modern world, with new evidence of just how the battle was lost.

About the Author

Andrew Roberts is the author of Napoleon and Wellington and Eminent Churchillians. He is a fellow of the Institute of Napoleonic Studies and the Royal Society of Literature.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060088668
Subtitle:
June 18, 1815: The Battle for Modern Europe
Author:
Roberts, Andrew
Publisher:
Harper
Subject:
General
Subject:
Military - Napoleonic Wars
Subject:
Europe
Subject:
Napoleonic wars, 1800-1815
Subject:
General History
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Making History
Publication Date:
20050315
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
8.40x5.80x.70 in. .62 lbs.

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