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Waterloo: The History of Four Days, Three Armies, and Three Battles
     

Waterloo: The History of Four Days, Three Armies, and Three Battles

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by Bernard Cornwell
 

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#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

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#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.

Editorial Reviews

The Economist
“A great and terrible story told with energy and clarity by a writer who has a deep understanding of men in combat and why they do what they do.”
Shelf Awareness
“The history of the Battle of Waterloo told by a master storyteller.”
Wall Street Journal
“At the end of ‘Waterloo,’ readers will feel that they could command a battalion themselves. With historical accounts like this, who needs novels for excitement?”
Max Hastings
“Waterloo is a fabulous story, superbly told….Cornwell cannot be bettered.”
The Times (London)
“Bernard Cornwell proceeds at a brisk canter and his descriptions of the fighting are as gripping as any in his splendid Sharpe novels.”
Evening Standard (London)
“A lot of historians could learn from Cornwell’s approach. He sets the scene, fleshes out the main characters and lets the story unfold to its dramatic conclusion. An excellent first foray into non-fiction.”
The Spectator
“Brings a shrewd military historian’s mind to his subject…thrilling to read…Cornwell’s is from start to finish a gripping account, red in tooth and claw. Serve with a robust burgundy.”
New Statesman
“Bernard Cornwell’s lively account of Waterloo...is a clear account...Cornwell is a storyteller....for those who want a.... reliable guide to what happened at Waterloo, he has great appeal. His book is also superbly illustrated”
Daily Express (London)
“As you would expect from a writer who is the acknowledged expert on the Napoleonic Wars he is superb on the tiny details as well as on the bigger picture.”
The Independent
“Both vivid and scholarly….Readers new to the Waterloo campaign could hope for no better introduction and veterans will find fresh insights.”
Literary Review
“Cornwell has found deserved popularity with his Sharpe series of historically accurate novels set in the Napoleonic Wars. For the first time, he turns his gung-ho novelist’s skill to an actual account of the supreme battle of the conflict…. Written with all the excitement of a popular novel.”
BBC History Magazine
“A real page-turner… in which Cornwell shows real insight into the Waterloo campaign.”
Soldier Magazine
“This master storyteller’s take on events comes highly recommended to those new to the genre and Waterloo aficionados alike.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062312068
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/10/2016
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
56,505
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

BERNARD CORNWELL is the author of the acclaimed New York Times bestselling Saxon Tales series, which includes The Last Kingdom, The Pale Horseman, Lords of the North, Sword Song, The Burning Land, Death of Kings, The Pagan Lord, and, most recently, The Empty Throne, and which serves as the basis for the hit television series The Last Kingdom. He lives with his wife on Cape Cod and in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Waterloo: The History of Four Days, Three Armies and Three Battles 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
OldWahoo More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyable rendition of the Waterloo campaign. I have read 20 or so books on the battle and this is among the best. Cornwell is such a good writer that the book is hard to put down even though, unlike his fiction, you know how it is going to turn out. Highly recommended.
Anonymous 23 days ago
Cornwell's clear, vivid narrative of the miltary campaign that concluded the Napoleonic Wars distinguishes itself in at least two ways: he lets the voices of scores of historical combatants--high ranking and low--and non-combatants amplify and give resonance to the scenes and events already masterfully explicated by his unfailing ability to insert the reader into the grit and passion of warfighting at its bayonet and sword point. I have read and am a fan of his historical fiction. This rounded and grounded non-fiction account of one of history's major turning points shows me why. I have been placing myself into the hands of a combat-describing craftsman of the first rank.
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CMAJORME More than 1 year ago
Excellent narrative interspersed with participants comments.Minor caveat: Those who do maps should read the text or vice versa.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not up to the usual Cornwell standards I have come to expect. Author repeats himself constantly! Seems like more of an effort to place words on a page rather then contribute substance to the topic.
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