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Napoleon and Wellington: The Long Duel Paperback – 6 Jun 2002
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A dual biography in the manner of Alan Bullock¿s celebrated HITLER AND STALIN of the greatest opposing generals of their age who ultimately became fixated with one another.See all Product description
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There is little here about the political lives, or the civil measures, taken by either man, although one became Emperor and the other Prime Minister - instead the book is mainly about their military campaigns and the contrasting strategies used by each man.
An interesting book, well told, which shows the strange fascination which Wellington seems to have held about Napoleon, and the often disparaging view Napoleon held about Wellington, Waterloo not withstanding. That ii is Napoleon's view of Europe which is largely ascendant today is a fitting ending to the book.However, for me, it is pity that the civil record of each man is not compared and contrasted to anything like the same extent as their generalship
I consider Napoleon the Great, by the same author, one of my favourite books of history. This book is an orgasmic complement to that book.
For a symbiotic account of two great men of history - one of whom I would argue is the greatest of them all - look no further.
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