Waterloo: The Decisive Victoryby Nick Lipscombe
Published to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, this lavishly illustrated volume looks at all different aspects of the campaign with ten major articles by a host of well-known international academic figures. From the microcosm of the bitter fighting for the fortified farmhouse of Hougoumont, to a wider perspective of the Hundred Days
Published to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, this lavishly illustrated volume looks at all different aspects of the campaign with ten major articles by a host of well-known international academic figures. From the microcosm of the bitter fighting for the fortified farmhouse of Hougoumont, to a wider perspective of the Hundred Days campaign in its entirety, this collection spans the whole range of the subject from the perspective of all the sides involved. Authoritative and accessible, Waterloo: The Decisive Battle offers a unique history of one of the most important battles in world history.
To commemorate the upcoming bicentennial (2015) of the Waterloo Campaign, historian Lipscombe (Bayonne and Toulouse 1813–14: Wellington Invades France) presents a visual history of the ultimate battle of the Napoleonic Wars. This pertinent collection of primary and secondary sources humanizes the conflict, featuring numerous photos of Napoleon and his nemesis Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, alongside several memoir excerpts from subordinates. The editor relays how the steadfast loyalty between the Duke of Wellington and his Prussian ally Gebhard von Blücher ensured Napoleon's defeat and how that humiliation led to the rise of military theorist Carl von Clausewitz. Tangential topics, such as common risks associated with the popular musket "Brown Bess," add creative interest. While Lipscombe's research is visually compelling, the inclusion of copious source material leaves little room for analysis and might disappoint readers seeking an enumerated account of the battle. VERDICT Recommended only to libraries in need of a picturesque complement to comprehensive works such as Alessandro Barbero's The Battle, or in need of a supplement to brief entries from electronic resources. Those interested in an overall account of Napoleon's military strategy at Waterloo and other battles within the Hundred Days should consider Andrew Roberts's Napoleon: A Life.—Stephanie Sendaula, Library Journal
Meet the Author
Colonel Nick Lipscombe was born in Angers, France. He has a degree in business studies and an MSc in defence studies. He was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1980. During his thirty years in the British Army he has seen considerable operational service with the British and American armies, as well as with NATO and the UN.He was awarded the US Bronze Star in 2006.
A keen interest in military history followed his academic studies at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst concentrating on the Napoleonic era and the Peninsular War in particular. He is Chairman of Peninsular War 200, the UK official organisation for the commemoration of the bicentenary of the Peninsular War. He speaks German and Spanish, currently works in Portugal and lives in Spain with his wife Janny and their three daughters. The author lives in Alicante, Spain.
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