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Wellington Paperback – 18 Aug 2005

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press; New Ed edition (18 Aug. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750942134
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750942133
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.3 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,462,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An enthralling family biography of a British hero. (The Lady) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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A highly personal, anecdotal family memoir of the Wellington legacy reissued in time for the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo in June 2015. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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This is an abridgment of the excellent original two-volume biography of Arthur Wesley, later Wellesley, and later again the Duke of Wellington, the first of which was published in 1969. The Countess of Longford, nee Pakenham, was a descendant of Wellinton's wife's family, and wrote informatively on all aspects of the Duke's long life. Her descriptions of his battles are second to none - I found her description of Salamanca superior to those of several supposedly specialist military historians, including when touring it on the ground.

If there was one weakness - or was it the resolute defence of family hounour? - it was her unwillingness to concede that Wellington had had a string of mistresses or, indeed even the one - when any more recent or more dispassionate observer would conclude that he was no more faithful a husband that many other men of his era in his position. How else would one of Napoleon's former lovers have been able to describe him as "beaucoup le plus fort"?

Excellent - but, better still, track down the original two volumes in the second hand market.
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This is a comprehensive and compelling account of the Duke of Wellington's rise to be the greatest military leader of his time and the elder statesman of Conservative politics.

Elizabeth Longford gives a portrayal of Wellington far removed from the legendary cold and stern Iron Duke to reveal a compassionate, principled and forgiving man. His life was determined by his disciplined adherence to his principles.

As a military leader in India, and in Europe he proved to be a strategist of singular genius, not only on the battlefield but also embracing the goodwill of the occupied populace, the dreaded hearts and minds of modern terminology.

Wellington dominated British politics from the House of Lords, serving under Lord Liverpool and Robert Peel, and as Prime Minister (he subsequently rejected the Premiership twice). He had his hand in all of the major issues of the day, introducing the modern police force, Catholic emancipation, and assisting Peel in the repeal of the Corn Laws. The Great Reform Act of 1832 only went through with his eventual acquiescence. Longford dispels the authoritarian image too often perpetuated to reveal him to be a flexible and pragmatic politician, as evidenced in his policies on Catholic emancipation, constitutional reform, and the Corn Laws.

This is the seminal one volume biography of Wellington.
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This is a 1-volume abridgement of one of the best bios of the Duke ever written. If you're really interested, spend the money and get the original 2 volumes. Wellington - the Years of the Sword and Wellington - Pillar of State. Absolutely wonderful!
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Mine is an older paperback, I think, now in bits, alas: bad binding. A wonderful book, full of important insights.
Why was he successful?
1. He prepared very well, attended to every detail himself because he knew he could not trust others to act for him.
2. He had a terrific 'grip on the battle', Monty's phrase: was everywhere and made decisions to deal with sudden problems on the spot.
3. He was nerveless on the battlefield: this encouraged everyone. And lucky: never received a serious wound.
4. He had learned a lot from his experience in India and the Peninsula before Waterloo.
5. He was basically flexible: this allowed him to make more good moves, some of them changes of position unlike, say Hitler, who acted as the general for the last year or so of WWII.
6. He was a very efficient thinker and intelligent in all he did.
7. A marvellous worker, devoted to his cause.
8. Saw himself as the King's good servant, dispensible and devoted.

Criticisms? The tactics of squares at Waterloo is a bit confused, I think. Of course it may be she is right. The film with Steiger and Plummer is much clearer. The battle itself could be clearer, in my opinion. Even so, it is very good.
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A wonderful story, well told, of the successive generations of the Duke of Wellington' s family to the present day. Herself a direct descendant of the victor of Waterloo, Jane Wellesley draws on family documents to put flesh on the family tree. A great read.
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Wellington is an enigmatic figure in British history, both revered for his military talent and critisized for his unapproachability.
In this book you are shown his life from India onwards (the book deals with his earlier life but not in great detail.) The book seeks to explain Wellington in a variety of fields, from his military genius to his political life but fals down in several areas, mostly due to the fact the certain areas of his life are glossed over and then a whole chapter devoted to a short episode.
Despite this, the book is very impressive and is a joy to read, if a little unfulfilling in the long term.
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If you thought you knew of this man, then by reading this book you will find out how truly great he was.
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