The Longest Afternoon: The 400 Men Who Decided the Battle of Waterloo

The Longest Afternoon: The 400 Men Who Decided the Battle of Waterloo

by Brendan Simms

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ISBN-13: 9780465064823
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 02/10/2015
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 577,642
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Brendan Simms is a professor in the History of International Relations and fellow at Peterhouse College, Cambridge. The author of Europe, shortlisted for the Lionel Gelber Prize, he lives in Cambridge, England.

Table of Contents


1. Prelude
2. For King and Fatherland
3. A Tragedy of Errors
4. Bolting the Barn Door
5. Inferno
6. Hand to Hand
7. ‘Heat and centre of the strife’
8. Legacy: A ‘German Victory’?

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The Longest Afternoon: The 400 Men Who Decided the Battle of Waterloo 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My assumption is that anyone who bought this book already would have a rather intimate knowledge of both Napoleon and his final campaign; this then, is not a book for the casual reader.  Being a devoted aficionado  of Napoleonic warfare, I enjoyed this book quite a bit.  It did a perfect job of looking, in detail, at the defense ofLa Haye Sainte; I do not believe that the author has overstated the importance of this position on the course of the entire battle and campaign; this tiny farm was a rock upon which the legions of Napoleon foundered.  The only negative comment I can make is that the author did not include a detailed diagram of La Haye Sainte!  I had to use the internet as I read the book.  If there are to be future editions of this book, please include a detailed image of any place that is mentioned in the course of the narrative.