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Wellington: A Personal History

af Christopher Hibbert

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A brilliant general, remembered most for his defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo, Wellington was also a politician of commanding presence. Elected Prime Minister in 1827, he was an influential adviser to kings and queens, and became deeply involved in all the major scandals of the time, delighting in mixing himself up in other people's affairs. Celebrated for his sardonic humor and savage rages which alternated with irresistible charm, he concealed a deep humanity behind a veneer of aloofness that gained him the sobriquet, "the Iron Duke." Filled with fresh insights on aspects of Wellington's life and character, Christopher Hibbert has shown once again why he is one of our finest popular historians.… (mere)

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A nice biography by Christopher Hibbert. Although Hibbert disclaims any "in depth" coverage of Wellington's military and political careers, most readers should find what he offers more than sufficient. Hibbert quotes original sources (letters and diaries, mostly) freely and extensively, which lives up to his conceit by giving a "personal" feeling to the biography. We are shown Wellington through the eyes of those who knew him, as well as the world through his eyes. Although Hibbert doesn't wallow in salacious details, neither does he polish away Wellington's less attractive qualities (the opposition to reform, his support for flogging, his treatment of his wife), giving the reader confidence in his book and a real sense of the man behind the myth. The extensive citations don't hurt, either. ( )
  billiecat | Jun 12, 2008 |
Found this a fascinating read. Although there were times when I felt there may have been too much information. Still it gives useful insight to the man who defeated Napoleon. ( )
  Rhohanin61 | Mar 18, 2008 |
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A brilliant general, remembered most for his defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo, Wellington was also a politician of commanding presence. Elected Prime Minister in 1827, he was an influential adviser to kings and queens, and became deeply involved in all the major scandals of the time, delighting in mixing himself up in other people's affairs. Celebrated for his sardonic humor and savage rages which alternated with irresistible charm, he concealed a deep humanity behind a veneer of aloofness that gained him the sobriquet, "the Iron Duke." Filled with fresh insights on aspects of Wellington's life and character, Christopher Hibbert has shown once again why he is one of our finest popular historians.

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