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on 13 March 2014
Hibbert has done it again, and written a portrait. Starting from youth, and going through to age, Hibbert presents a balanced, judicious account of Wellington's life, that shows us the whole man, and not just the famous bits. Welington becomes alive as a person and a character.
Those who want accounts of battle plans at Waterloo need to look elsewhere; those who want to see what Waterloo meand to him and did to him psychologically need look no further. I learned a great deal, and understood a lot more about this complex, flawed but honourable man.
My only quibble is that that same character traits get reported over and over. It isn't necessary to hear about his fore- planning of events, everytime there is an event, for example. For that reason only, it isn't 5 stars.