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

eBook - 2015
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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.
Publisher: 2015
Branch Call Number: Overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. New York : HarperCollins e-books, 2015. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 43615 KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 9780062312075


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Jul 24, 2017

I am a fan of Cornwell's historical/adventure novels. According to the blurb, this is his first non-fiction title. And that topic, as the subtitle suggests, is enormous. Cornwell manages to keep the narrative moving reasonable briskly - testimony to his superlative powers as a storyteller. The reader seeking the true story need not worry that Cornwell fails to take the role of historian seriously - he does. Excellent maps and illustrations helped me follow this complex, fascinating tale.

Oct 28, 2016

The contrast in reviews is interesting to me since I think they represent two types of people drawn to historical nonfiction. I belong to the first group....don't like battle details (boring) but do like the politics, repercussions, personality profiles of important figures and their major interactions.

Oct 28, 2016

I just don't care for shot by shot depictions of battles. I am far more interested in the politics - that leading up to the battle, and the political implications of the result, and speculation on what may have happened had things gone otherwise. Long detailed narratives of who did what to whom on which ridge put me to sleep.

megan_b Mar 24, 2016

Cornwell's first foray into nonfiction is well written and well researched and has a narrative feel to it. The human element is added by having letters and diary entries from people who fought in the battle. You realize how close the battle came to being lost.

Mar 06, 2016

If you can, get hold of the DVDs that were made of this series starring Sean Bean. If you enjoyed the books, you will love the movies!

Jun 15, 2010

If you've read any other of Cornwell's books, you will have come to expect excitement; lots of action, gore and guts; and stories that authentically fit the time frame in which they are set. Cornwell has written a slew of books that star the character Sharpe. This is the first one I've read in this series --- I'm quick to get in line for others in the series.
Cornwell's specialty is histric fiction --- this time Napoleon's last battle. He has returned from his exile on Elba and is making his last attempt to retake Europe. The name of the battle has become virtually synonimous wikth defeat: Waterloo. The losses on both sides were immense --- once again the flower of a generation spilled its blood on the battlefield. Read this epic and you'll realize what a near thing the whole affair was. Wellington and his forces could easily have failed to take the day.
Enjoy the book --- read it all up --- and then head on out to your library for more!


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