The Battle of Waterloo

The Battle of Waterloo

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The name Waterloo has become synonymous with final, crushing defeat. Now this legendary battle is re-created in a groundbreaking book by an eminent British military historian making his major American debut. Revealing how and why Napoleon fell in Belgium in June 1815, The Battle of Waterloo definitively clears away the fog that has, over time, obscured the truth. With fresh details and interpretations, Jeremy Black places Waterloo within the context of the warfare of the period, showing that Napoleon's modern army was beaten by Britain and Prussia with techniques as old as those of antiquity, including close-quarter combat. Here are the fateful early stages, from Napoleon's strategy of surprise attack-perhaps spoiled by the defection of one of his own commanders-to his younger brother's wasteful efforts assaulting the farm called Hougoumont. And here is the endgame, including Commander Michel Ney's botched cavalry charge against the Anglo-Dutch line and the solid British resistance against a series of French cavalry strikes, with Napoleon "repeating defeat and reinforcing failure." More than a masterly guide to an armed conflict,The Battle of Waterloois a brilliant portrait of the men who fought it: Napoleon, the bold emperor who had bullied other rulers and worn down his own army with too many wars, and the steadfast Duke of Wellington, who used superior firepower and a flexible generalship in his march to victory. With bold analysis of the battle's impact on history and its lessons for building lasting alliances in today's world, The Battle of Waterloo is a small volume bound to have a big impact on global scholarship.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781400067374
1400067375
Branch Call Number: 940.2742 BLACK
Characteristics: xv, 236 p. ; 21 cm.

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Dec 02, 2013

The Battle of Waterloo --- by Jeremy Black. I’ve got to admit it. Robert Cornwell has spoiled. With his swashbuckling adventures of Richard Sharpe, any history would be hard pressed to keep my nose pressed between the covers. Sorry, Jeremy. Maybe I was having an off day.

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stewstealth
Aug 14, 2013

A good narrative of the Battle of Waterloo. The book is not overloaded with details of the actual fighting. In addition the author provides some insight on the impact of this defeat of Napoleon. Worth reading for anyone who has interest in the event..

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Leucosia
Jan 23, 2012

So...I would've never picked it up if it wasn't for my social project of Waterloo. But for something that I reluctantly read, it was a pretty interesting read - and thankfully, clear and concise information. It actually made sense and I could follow the sequence of events pretty well.

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Mar 07, 2011

My husband liked it.

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