Waterloo has to rank as one of the most famous - if not, the most famous - battles in history. The epic battle between Napoleon and Wellington was a world-changing event for Europe in 1815 and for years beyond. Hundreds of books have been written on Waterloo; one of the latest being Gregory Fremont-Barnes' volume for Spellmount/History Press published in 2012.
Like other volumes in the BATTLE STORY series, Fremont-Barnes' book sets the stage for events in Belgium, describes the top commanders and opposing forces, traces the development of the battle, analyzes crucial mistakes and summarizes the impact of Napoleon's defeat. Numerous sidebars are included on the typical French and British soldier, cavalry rates of advance, shrapnel, transport of wounded, cavalry versus infantry squares, etc. The easy-to-follow, insightful narrative is complimented by vintage artwork, maps and diagrams.
Though it makes no claim to being definitive or exhaustive, the 160-page book does serve as an excellent overview of that legendary battle. Having had little knowledge of who-what-where-and-why, I found WATERLOO 1815 a useful and enjoyable introduction to that long-ago battle. Recommended.