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Description - Napoleon and Wellington by Andrew Roberts

On the morning of the battle of Waterloo, the Emperor Napoleon declared that the Duke of Wellington was a bad general, the British were bad soldiers and that France could not fail to win an easy victory. Forever afterwards historians have accused him of gross overconfidence, and massively underestimating the calibre of the British commander opposed to him. Andrew Roberts presents an original, highly revisionist view of the relationship between the two greatest captains of their age. Napoleon, who was born in the same year as Wellington - 1769 - fought Wellington by proxy years earlier in the Peninsula War, praising his ruthlessness in private while publicly deriding him as a mere 'sepoy general'. In contrast, Wellington publicly lauded Napoleon, saying that his presence on a battlefield was worth forty thousand men, but privately wrote long memoranda lambasting Napoleon's campaigning techniques. Although Wellington saved Napoleon from execution after Waterloo, Napoleon left money in his will to the man who had tried to assassinate Wellington. Wellington in turn amassed a series of Napoleonic trophies of his great victory, even sleeping with two of the Emperor's mistresses.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781842127407
ISBN-10: 1842127403
Format: Paperback
(199mm x 134mm x 29mm)
Pages: 448
Imprint: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publish Date: 1-May-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Andrew Roberts

Andrew Roberts took a first in Modern History at Cambridge. He has been a professional historian since the publication of his life of Lord Halifax, THE HOLY FOX, in 1991. He contributes regularly to THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH. Lives in Chelsea, London, and has two children.

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