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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bodley Head (9 Oct. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847921825
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847921826
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.6 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Hugely readable, held together by imaginative structuring... Storytelling in the great narrative tradition" (John Pemble Guardian)

"It is all here – and all told with the same verve, eye for anecdote and command of the material. This is a very good book, and a model of how narrative history should be written... anybody remotely interested in the battle should read" (The Spectator)

"Invigorating and compelling" (Daily Telegraph)

"I was gripped by the wealth of detail and humanity in the book... This is how the tales of battles should be told, whatever the time, place or outcome" (Emily Mayhew, author of Wounded)

"A grim story – but well worth the telling" (Saul David Evening Standard)

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A dramatic and groundbreaking retelling of what happened after one of modern history's pivotal battles – taking us from the horrors of the battlefield to the drawing rooms of London and Paris, from Napoleon's retreat and surrender to British triumph and celebration.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Parsdon on 20 Oct. 2014
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I found this book strangely dissatisfying, although it promised much. The author approaches the subject of the aftermath of Waterloo by a series of themes, e.g the plundering of the dead, the battle wounds and torments of the suffering (plus detailed descriptions of surgical procedures, hard to read), the maneuverings and battles of the Prussian Army both before and after Waterloo itself, civilian observers and battlefield visitors, the looting and recovery of art works, the Allied advance on Paris, Royalist atrocities against the Bonapartists, and finally what happened to Bonaparte himself, his extraordinary desire to be allowed to settle down in England as some type of country squire. Amongst all this detail, set out in separate sections, the exact chronology of events is somewhat lost. The most interesting part of the book, to my mind, is how the fallen French Emperor was brought to England by the Royal Navy, how he was greeted with cheers by numbers of the public rushing to the Devon coast to catch sight of him, and then how the British Government summarily despatched him to St. Helena. Wellington's role in controlling the belligerent, revenge-seeking Blucher is also illuminating.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By NMS1975 on 30 Oct. 2014
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The number of books written about the Battle of Waterloo is staggering! And the number of books appearing in bookstores in late 2014 (or planned for release in early 2015) is equally as staggering! However, author and lecturer Paul O’Keeffe has produced something a little different for the Napoleonic Wars enthusiast, or even the general reader, that is, as the title suggests, an examination of the aftermath of the battle rather than the action itself. Quite often military history books close with the end of the campaign considered, or at best present the reader with short epilogue of what happened when the fighting stopped. Understandable when the focus is on the action, but as is almost always the case, the events following the cessation of hostilities can be equally as fascinating as the battles themselves.

O’Keeffe’s book begins when the Hundred Days campaign was still being fought, although it does not tell the story of the fighting, but rather the almost forgotten peripheral, but related, events that took place in Brussels and surrounding areas. However, it quickly moves on to describe the horrifying scenes that would have been encountered on the battlefield of Waterloo the day after Napoleon’s final defeat. Here the author describes those scenes in heart breaking detail, including the unfortunate plight of the wounded, the horses, and the scavenging local peasants who roamed the fields in search of anything they could make use of, as well as accounts of the barbarity inflicted upon some of the surviving protagonists, both by the enemy and former fellow comrades alike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Conrad 0. Brunner on 11 Mar. 2015
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I loved this book and have given it as a present to friends. It's a sidewise look at a well known piece of history, but it is intensely dramatic, tragic and rich in human interest. The precise progress of Napoleon once he left the battlefield, and his forthcoming ramblings, are a fascinating examination in what we'd call today 'melt down'. He couldn't handle it, and nor could the British.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Geoff Haberfield on 8 Mar. 2015
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I was somewhat disappointed with the book as it started with lots of information that I was already aware of. I was expecting contemporary accounts from the survivors of the battle. Having said all that, there were interesting bits of information in the second half of the book. However, still an addition to my building library of Arthur Wellesley's military career.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Kind on 23 Jan. 2015
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I would recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about the battle of Waterloo. It provides numerous fascinating insights into the battle and its wider context. Most of us were taught about the build up to the battle and final victory. This book goes well beyond that and includes a wealth of information about individuals that I had not known before.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By 123 on 27 Nov. 2014
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Most people with an interest in military history will be familiar with the build up to and the battle of Waterloo. This book deals with, as the title says, the aftermath. Well written , highly informative with a lot of information . Topics include the battles fought afterwards, the merciless prussian pursuit of the french, bonapartes abdication and surrender to the english and the retribution handed out to bonapartes supporters. A must read for anybody interested in this period.
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Our 15 year old grandson loved the three books relating to teenage years. Waterloo was magnificent and was all that it's review in The Spectator promised the reader.
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