The Battle: A New History of the Battle of Waterloo Paperback – 8 Jun 2006
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"'This is not just the best book on Waterloo I've read, it's also one of the most original and stimulating works of military history I've come across in years. *****' Simon Shaw, Mail On Sunday 'A thoroughly readable, exciting account of a great clash of arms... Brilliant.' Mark Adkin, author of The Waterloo Companion 'Perhaps the most readable and original account for many years.' John Childs, Professor of History, University of Leeds 'Alessandro Barbero's new book deserves to be read by anyone with an interest in warfare.' Dr Gary Sheffield, King's College London"
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I was a bit peeved by the Prince of Orange writing to his parent on how his corp and the Prussian saved the day. Cheek. It was the 3rd of the Allied Army that was British that saved the day!!. I do wonder if the percentage had been higher how the battle may have panned out.
Anyway the book is first class and brilliant. It was easy to read and yet give the impression of a well researched book. A true complement to the author is that I shall see what other books he has written and see if they take my fancy
It helps that the battle itself takes place over a small area and so understanding where you are at any given time is usually quite easy.
Narrative flows well and the use of first hand accounts is nicely woven into the story.
Quite a long book; however it is entertaining so you don't really notice it - a sign of a good story, well told.
Very good and comprehensive account of the battle for the general reader - recommended.
I knew a fair bit beforehand but this was a brilliant reminder together with some excellent insight. Well written and an enjoyable read. The only thing that would have improved it would have been maps BUT these are easily accessible on the web.
One criticism of Kindle edition (which I have) is that on clicking through to the many references from within the main text did not always allow direct return to that same text position ..... very frustrating/annoying!!
Thank goodness for this book. At one point Barbero mentions that there are some 31,000 web sites on the battle of which 26,000 are in English. `The Battle' is a book which tries to sift through the deep layers of information to arrive at different views of what the truth could have been.
Barbero's book gives a narrative version of the battle, that is as gripping and visual as any novel. Yet he also puts his description of the Battle into context. So what you get is a window into the Napoleonic wars as a whole. The development of artillery, the differences between light and line infantry or the use of heavy cavalry. However, it also looks at the historiography of the battle, looking at how events which might have lasted 30 minutes have been interpreted and re-interpreted over the past 200 years often in the light of British, Dutch or Prussian national pride.
I would have liked more detailed maps and more detail about the recorded troop numbers and the order of battle. This would have made some descriptions of the battle easier to follow.
I recommend to everyone, regardless of whether you have prior knowledge about this era.