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The Battle: A New History Of Waterloo

Barbero, Alessandro

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ISBN 10: 0802714536 / ISBN 13: 9780802714534
Edité par Walker & Co, New York, New York, U.S.A., 2005
Etat : As New Couverture rigide
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340pp/illus/maps. Published to coincide with the 190th anniversary of the battle, this vivid and original reconstruction of the Battle of Waterloo. Clean. N° de réf. du libraire 007060

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Titre : The Battle: A New History Of Waterloo

Éditeur : Walker & Co, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Date d'édition : 2005

Reliure : Hard Coveer

Etat du livre :As New

Etat de la jaquette : As New

Edition : 1st Printing

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A vivid human and military history of the legendary battle

At Waterloo, some 70,000 men under Napoleon and an equal number under Wellington faced one another in a titanic and bloody struggle. In the end, as John Keegan notes, contemporaries felt that Napoleon's defeat had "reversed the tide of European history." Even 190 years later, the name Waterloo resounds.

Italian historian Alessandro Barbero's majestic new account stands apart from previous British and French histories by giving voice to all the nationalities that took part. Invoking the memories of British, French, and Prussian soldiers, Barbero meticulously re-creates the conflict as it unfolded, from General Reille's early afternoon assault on the chateau of Hougoumont, to the desperate last charge of Napoleon's Imperial Guard as evening settled in. From privates to generals, Barbero recounts individual miracles and tragedies, moments of courage and foolhardiness, skillfully blending them into the larger narrative of the battle's extraordinary ebb and flow. One is left with indelible images: cavalry charges against soldiers formed in squares; the hand-to-hand combat around farmhouses; endless cannon balls and smoke. And, finally, a powerful appreciation of the inevitability and futility of war.

To be published on the 190th anniversary of Waterloo, The Battle is a masterpiece of military history.

About the Author:

Alessandro Barbero is professor of Medieval History at the University of Piemonte Orientale in Vercelli, Italy. He is the author of Charlemagne: Father of a Continent, and also of several historical novels, one of which, also set in the Napoleonic age, won the Strega prize, Italy's most distinguished literary award.

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