Waterloo : The History of Four Days, Three Armies and Three Battles
by Bernard Cornwell
Editor: HarperCollins Publishers
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The Sunday Times, Number 1 best-seller “A fabulous story, beautifully saidcan’t be improved’ Max Hastings A few battles of not changing anythingWaterloo changed almost everything”On 18 June 1815, the armies of France, Great Britain and Prussia descended on a quiet valley south of Brussels.In the three days preceding that, the French army had defeated the British, the Four Arms and the Prussians in Ligny.The Allies were retreatingThe bloody battle of Waterloo, will be a landmark in European history, to be examined more and again, not least because until the evening of the 18th, the French army was close to the state on the battlefield.Now, brought to life by the famous novelist Bernard Cornwell, it is the chronicle of the four days preceding the battle and an exciting hour-by-hour of that fateful day.In his first non-fiction book, Cornwell combines his storytelling skills with a well-documented history to give a riveting account of every dramatic moment, from Napoleon’s escape from Elba Island to the smoke and gore of battlefields.Through letters and diaries, he also sheds new light on the intimate thoughts of Napoleon and the Duke of Wellington, as well as the ordinary of soldiers and officers.Published on the occasion of the bicentenary in 2015, Waterloo is a tense and exciting story of heroism and tragedy and the final battle that determined the destiny of Europe.
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