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Waterloo Companion: The Complete Guide to History's Most Famous Land Battle [Hardcover]

Mark Adkin
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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13 Oct 2008

While many books have been published on Waterloo, none have rivalled this in either scale or authority.

The text, based on Adkin’s fastidious research, including many days spent on the battlefield itself, does far more than simply narrate the events of 18 June 1815. The author provides as much analysis as he does description: plans are examined, commanders assessed and manoeuvres painstakingly related to the ground. Armies, weapons and tactics are comprehensively explored and evaluated.

As with Adkin’s companions to the battles of Trafalgar and Gettysburg, the text focuses on myths and controversies surrounding the events, as well as elements often neglected in other narrative accounts –such as the performance of the French ‘Grand Battery’ or the Prussian attacks on Plancenoit.

Divided into ten sections, The Waterloo Companion can be dipped into as a reference guide or read cover to cover. Featuring little-known information and first-hand accounts of those who fought at Waterloo, it also covers soldier and command structures, tactics and topographical details. Each section is put in context of the battle and enhanced by maps, plans, drawings and diagrams.

The Waterloo Companion is an absolute must-have for any historian hoping to further their understanding of one of the world’s most famous land battles.

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books (13 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811718549
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811718547
  • Product Dimensions: 29.4 x 23.2 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 688,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mark Adkin, a former army officer, is the author of The Waterloo Companion, The Trafalgar Companion and The Gettysburg Companion, all published by Aurum. He has also authored several other books on military history, including Goose Green, The Bear Trap and The Charge. He has also written the bestselling Sharpe Companion to accompany the TV series. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheap at twice the price 26 Aug 2007
Format:Hardcover
Like me, you may well shop on Amazon on a budget, adding your target books to favourites and waiting for a copy with a torn cover to come up for 50p. In other words, you want value. If that's the case you would hardly look at this book - 30 new and around 25 Used and New. My friend, if you are interested in Waterloo BLOW THE BUDGET ON THIS BOOK. Use the `Search Inside' facility on the Amazon website - it gives you a good idea of the clarity of the writing, the superb quality of the maps and the use of boxes in the text (almost extended footnotes) to record topics that would slow the narrative but provide good background detail.
There is a lot of information here on the armies, their organisation (which didn't interest me very much) and their battle tactics (which is superb). In fact, the actual coverage of the 18th June itself probably only takes up about half the book, but given that the whole thing is over 400 pages, who cares!
The sections on the battle are illustrated with lots of great pictures of the battlefield today, taken on foot and giving you a feel for gradients, lines-of-sight, etc. Of course, the ground around the crossroads has altered a lot but combined with the superb detailed maps you can take this into account. The text is clear and considering the number of Waterloo books there are, the thinking is quite original. The sections addressing controversies (the "what ifs?" is fascinating because the author so clearly `knows his stuff'.
I paid 45 for this book when it came out, have read it several times cover to cover, and use it for reference. I love David Haworth's book on Waterloo and Barberro tells a more conventional chronological account but if the house was on fire and I could only rescue one Waterloo book, this would be it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Waterloo 12 Jan 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It's a very good history book but I would of liked more pictures illustrating the cavalry and artillery especially the big guns and limber teams. The text is accurate and the book is very informative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 8 Sep 2013
Format:Hardcover
Difficult to fault this. The maps and illustrations are wonderful, the photography or modern sites is excellent and text is extensive and well informed. Pretty much the definitive book on Waterloo and as another reviewer has commented this would be good value at twice the price.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Impressively Comprehensive 14 July 2013
Format:Hardcover
This is an impressively comprehensive volume and lavishly illustrated. It has two defects. There should be a glossary explaining, for instance, the meaning of chasseur and grenadier, and the index is very poor. Given that this is a reference work the index should be outstanding. Thus the four stars rather than five.
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