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Waterloo The History of Four Days, Three Armies and Three Battles (udgave 2014)

af Bernard Cornwell (Forfatter)

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From the internationally bestselling author of the Sharpe novels and in the bicentenary year of the battle - this is the true story of Waterloo. On the 18th June, 1815 the armies of France, Britain and Prussia descended upon a quiet valley south of Brussels. In the previous three days the French army had beaten the British at Quatre Bras and the Prussians at Ligny. The Allies were in retreat. The blood-soaked battle of Waterloo would become a landmark in European history, to be examined over and again, not least because until the evening of the 18th, the French army was close to prevailing on the battlefield. Now, brought to life by the celebrated novelist Bernard Cornwell, this is the chronicle of the four days leading up to the actual battle and a thrilling hour by hour account of that fateful day. In his first work of non-fiction, Cornwell combines his storytelling skills with a meticulously researched history to give a riveting account of every dramatic moment, from Napoleon's escape from Elba to the smoke and gore of the battlefields. Through letters and diaries he also sheds new light on the private thoughts of Napoleon and the Duke of Wellington, as well as the ordinary officers and soldiers. Published to coincide with the bicentenary in 2015, Waterloo is a tense and gripping story of heroism and tragedy - and of the final battle that determined the fate of Europe.… (mere)
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Titel:Waterloo The History of Four Days, Three Armies and Three Battles
Forfattere:Bernard Cornwell (Forfatter)
Info:Harpercollins (2014), Edition: First Edition
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Cornwell is very good at doing the punchy narrative. This book really moves along. I'm giving it 4 stars, though, because I find Cornwell's prose a bit too purple. I prefer David Howarth's "Waterloo: A Near Run Thing".

Cornwell's book is also good in the sense that it gives a thorough description of the trials and triumphs of Blucher and the Prussians. I think Howarth's book goes light on the importance of the Prussians in the battle. ( )
  TBCrattie | Jan 14, 2021 |
June 1815 - Napoleon Bonaparte escapes his Elba prison, returns to France and rapidly draws to him one last Grand Armee as he once more tries to seize power & control of Europe.
Cornwell's book is a really superb account of the most vital land battle in Western Europe in the early 19th Century: the victors of Waterloo laid the foundations of the map of Europe & its ruling elites for the next half a century and beyond - Bonaparte had made his mark storming across Europe from Lisbon to Moscow & back & France is as it is today in no small part due to the 'conqueror'. Thus, Bonaparte's vanquishers at Waterloo, the victors Wellington (Britain & mixed European allies), and Blucher (Prussia) are names that have never dimmed in the Military & geo-political Historical record. Not until WW1 Western Front were battles of similar Historical impact to occur. ( )
  tommi180744 | Dec 16, 2020 |
I enjoyed this military history of the battle of Waterloo. This battle is not a part of our history in the States, but the word "Waterloo" in Europe seems to carry as much weight as the word "Gettysburg" carries here. Important. Bloody. A battle of attrition. Determining the future.

Those last four phrases are why I read this book. I wanted to know more of the military history of this great battle. Cornwell's take (from a British perspective) is well-researched and detailed by the letters of soldiers from all three countries involved in this fight (Prussia, Great Britain, and France). Unfortunately for me, I do not know French. I listened to the book on audiobook, but I am unable to convert the French words (about the location in Belgium) into letters.

Cornwell describes the battle as a series of formations. The outcome was merely a product of these formations fighting against one another, provided that the manpower of the troops was there. Prussia and Britain both deserve credit for the victory, even as both sides have griped throughout history about giving the other credit. Wellington, to Cornwell, still deserves the most credit for the victory and the title of "conqueror of the world's conqueror." Prussia provided significant and necessary help at the right time, but the ever-present Wellington willed British troops towards the decisive victory in the middle of the battle. ( )
  scottjpearson | Jan 25, 2020 |
Sympatyzuje z Brytyjczykami (w końcu sam nim jest), a poza tym, nawet przyzwoicie i szczegółowo to napisał. ( )
  smietankowy | May 3, 2018 |
In the forward, Cornwell (one of my favorite authors of historical fiction) poses the question, "why another book on Waterloo?" It is, after all, one of the most studied and written about battles. Given that he poses that question, we would expect he has something meaningful to add to the volume of literature on the subject. Does he?

Well, not really. Perhaps some of the accounts and anecdotes quoted are from sources not previously used by other authors, but there are no really profound insights. It's not a bad book on the subject -- indeed, it's a fine choice for someone with a casual interest in the battle, since Cornwell does bring his story-telling chops where others might be drier, more technical accounts. Napoleon's failure to compensate for the egregious tactical failures of Ney and Grouchy ultimately decided his fate -- his grand-strategy was spot-on and even with mistake after mistake being committed, the French had a chance to prevail at the end.

Cornwell does not engage in speculation of what might have been -- and that's a shame since I'd be interested in hearing such thoughts from him. As Waterloo books go, this one is fine, just a little too indistinguishable from the rest. ( )
  JeffV | Feb 4, 2018 |
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This is a non-fiction history published in 2015. Please do not combine with the fiction book Sharpe's Waterloo.
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From the internationally bestselling author of the Sharpe novels and in the bicentenary year of the battle - this is the true story of Waterloo. On the 18th June, 1815 the armies of France, Britain and Prussia descended upon a quiet valley south of Brussels. In the previous three days the French army had beaten the British at Quatre Bras and the Prussians at Ligny. The Allies were in retreat. The blood-soaked battle of Waterloo would become a landmark in European history, to be examined over and again, not least because until the evening of the 18th, the French army was close to prevailing on the battlefield. Now, brought to life by the celebrated novelist Bernard Cornwell, this is the chronicle of the four days leading up to the actual battle and a thrilling hour by hour account of that fateful day. In his first work of non-fiction, Cornwell combines his storytelling skills with a meticulously researched history to give a riveting account of every dramatic moment, from Napoleon's escape from Elba to the smoke and gore of the battlefields. Through letters and diaries he also sheds new light on the private thoughts of Napoleon and the Duke of Wellington, as well as the ordinary officers and soldiers. Published to coincide with the bicentenary in 2015, Waterloo is a tense and gripping story of heroism and tragedy - and of the final battle that determined the fate of Europe.

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