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Free eBook Waterloo: Napoleon's Last Gamble (Making History (Paperback)) download ISBN: 000719076X
Author: Lisa Jardine,Amanda Foreman,Andrew Roberts
Publisher: Harper Perennial; New edition (February 11, 2011)
Language: English
Pages: 160
Category: Historical
Subcategory: Military
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Andrew Roberts has produced the most convincing description of that fearsome day I have ever read. -Paul Johnson, author of Modern Times. -John Lukacs, author of Five Days in London.

Andrew Roberts has produced the most convincing description of that fearsome day I have ever read. -John Lukacs, author of Five Days in London". Andrew Roberts has produced the most convincing description of that fearsome day I have ever read. -Paul Johnson, author of Modern Times".

Waterloo: Napoleons Last Gamble Making History By : Lisa Jardine . Views: 316. Author: Lisa Jardine. Here, the most eminent of guest writers have been invited to present a subject closest to their heart, presenting the grand theatre of the past in a collection of inventive and provocative essays.

Waterloo - Andrew Roberts. Napoleon’s Last Gamble. Making history series. Each book in the series will take a moment at which an event or events made a lasting impact on the unfolding course of history.

Napoleon’s Last Gamble.

Part of the ‘Making History Series’ – ‘Waterloo’ is an exciting retelling of one of the moments that shook the world . The battle at Waterloo marked the final end of Napoleon’s reign in France and, according to Andrew Roberts, the logical end of the eighteenth century.

Part of the ‘Making History Series’ – ‘Waterloo’ is an exciting retelling of one of the moments that shook the world – Waterloo, one of the truly decisive battles of history. Wellington’s victory effectively signaled the end of France as a first-rank military power and the beginning of England’s imperial rise.

Andrew Roberts’s Napoleon is the first one-volume biography to take advantage of the recent publication of Napoleon’s thirty-three thousand letters, which radically transform our understanding of his character and motivation. At last we see him as he was: protean multitasker, decisive, surprisingly willing to forgive his enemies and his errant wife Josephine. Like Churchill, he understood the strategic importance of telling his own story, and his memoirs, dictated from exile on St. Helena, became the single bestselling book of the nineteenth century.

In 2005, Roberts published Waterloo: Napoleon's Last Gamble, which was published in America as Waterloo: The Battle .

In 2005, Roberts published Waterloo: Napoleon's Last Gamble, which was published in America as Waterloo: The Battle for Modern Europe. One claim made by Roberts in A History of the English-Speaking Peoples since 1900 was that Harvard historian Caroline Elkins had committed "blood libels against Britain" in her Pulitzer prize-winning book Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain's Gulag in Kenya. Elkins was subsequently vindicated when files released by the National Archives showed that abuses were described as "distressingly.

Описание: The "Making History Series" is launched with a retelling of one of the moments that shook the world - Waterloo, one of the truly decisive battles of history.

An exciting retelling of one of the moments that shook the world – Waterloo, one of the truly decisive battles of history.

In ‘Waterloo’, Roberts provides not only a fizzing account of one of the most significant forty-eight hour periods of all time, but also a startling interrogation into the methodology of history – is it possible to create an accurate picture from a single standpoint? What we can say for certain about the battle is that it ended forever one of the great personal epics. The career of Napoleon was brought to a shuddering halt on the evening of 18 June 1815. Interwoven in the clear-cut narrative are exciting revelations brought to light by recent research: accident rather than design led to the crucial cavalry debacle that lost the battle. Amongst the all-too-human explanation for the blunder that cost Napoleon his throne, Roberts sets the political, strategic and historical scene, and finally shows why Waterloo was such an important historical punctuation mark.

The generation after Waterloo saw the birth of the modern era: ghastly as the carnage here was, henceforth the wars of the future were fought with infinitely more ghastly methods of trenches, machine-guns, directed starvation, concentration camps, and aerial bombardment. By the time of the Great War, chivalry was utterly dead. The honour of bright uniform and tangible spirit of élan met their final dance at Waterloo.

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In "Waterloo: June 18, 1815: The Battle for Modern Europe," Andrew Roberts manages to summarize a complex battle, some of whose aspects are still controversial, in just 122 pages plus three worthwhile appendices. Roberts writes in clear, easy to understand prose, surveying the battle from the strategic to the tactical levels. He includes a number of well-chosen vignettes at the individual level to provide a sense of scale of the battle, as well as necessary explanation on the equipment and organizations of the participating armies.

Roberts quickly touches a number of the academic controversies about the battle. Among others, these include the status of Napoleon's health during the Waterloo Campaign, the extent of Wellington's surprise at the French crossing of the border, the placement of allied troops at Hal to block a possible French flanking manuever on the Mont St. Jean position, and the cooperation between Wellington and Blucher. In each case, he deftly mentions the nature of the controversy, offers a brief opinion, and moves on. Serious students of Waterloo may find this approach overly simplified, but it should suffice for the average reader. Roberts does go to some effort to mention the the contributions of all members of the allied coalition that fought at Waterloo, including Belgian and Dutch units that are often neglected.

The treatment of the course of the battle of Waterloo follows a commonly used breakdown of the combat into five phases. Roberts' real gift is his ability to present the story of Waterloo in a manner that covers the significant details but can be followed by the average reader. Of necessity, Roberts has simplified a great deal of information to achieve the short format; this work is focused on the battle rather than the larger campaign of the hundred days. He includes a nice bibliography for those readers seeking more detail. There is also a nice selection of maps and photos to orient the reader.

This book is highly recommended for the casual reader seeking a managable and enjoyable summary of the Battle of Waterloo.
Is there any battle in history as famous as Waterloo? Although there are many remarkable battles, very few are as dramatic, consequential, or well known as the one that took place on a rainy June day in an otherwise unremarkable little village in the Belgian hinterland.

Just over a year ago, My wife and I visited the battlefield for the first time (I admit that the site had little interest to me back when I lived in Brussels). Today, it contains an excuisit and elaborate visiting center, complete with Video and graphic presentations, and a bookstore in which you can find materials about the battlefield in almost every European language and several non-European ones.

After the impressive Visiting Center, the site itself is a great disappointmnet; It contains a tall hill constructed many years after the battle, from which you can see the field as none of the participants could at the time. I must confess that, gazing downwards at the slight slopes of Mont St. Jean, I've been utterly incapable of imagining the carnage that brought me, along with millions of other tourists, to that spot, almost two centuries after it has ended.

Although I've been to the battlefield, and read a highly entertaining account of the campaign in David King's masterly book on the Congress of Vienna (Vienna, 1814: How the Conquerors of Napoleon Made Love, War, and Peace at the Congress of Vienna), Andrew Roberts' account gives the most succicent description of the campaign and its underlying strategy. If it then dwelves too much on the tactics for my tastes, that surely says more about my limited interest in military history than on the merits of the work; On the other hand, true devotees of l'Histoire Militaire are unlikely to find much that is new in this slender tomb.

Napoleon's return from Alba brought about a new European crisis, with the various powers of the day gathering armies with all the speed they could master to confront the Corsican Emperor. Napoleon's prefered strategy against the numerically superior powers was to match and defeat each army in turn, before they united together.

In June 1815, Napoleon's enemies had two armies in the field: a mostly Prussian one, led by General Blucher, and a mostly English one led by The Duke of Wellington. On the 16th of June, Napoleon split his forces and engaged both armies; The British held their ground, and the Prussian fled... but not far enough.

The failure to destroy either Blucher or Wellington's forces meant that time was running out for Napoleon. Superb generalship would be required to destroy Wellington's armies before the Prussians could join them. The emperor, past his prime and shorn of his best henchmen, did not rise to the challenge. The 17th of June contained little action, while Wellington positioned his forces on a ground of his chosing; The battle for Europe waited for the morrow.

Foul weather delayed the attack, as Napoleon waited for the ground to dry. Waterloo was a relatively small battlefield, and allowed little place for Napoleon's usual prefered manouvers. The assaults would be direct, brutal, and hopefully decisive.

They weren't. Through the chaos, and despite frequent setbacks, the English forces held firm. Sucsessive attempts to break the English line failed. The last attack, by Napoleon's elite Imperial Guard, came as late as 7:30 PM. By that time, Blucher's forces were joining the melee in droves. Napoleon's armies broke.

The conquerors of Napoleon met around 9 O'clock in a little inn, one that was on Napoleon's side of the battle just hours earlier. "Quelle Affaire!" proclaimed Blucher to his English counterpart. It is Ironic that the only language they shared was that of their defeated foes.

Some 120,000 Men died in the Waterloo campaign. Seventy one thousand of them in the battle itself. Napoleon's reign would be over within weeks of that fateful say. The campaign marked the beginning of Europe's long peace - a peace that lasted, albeit with isolated and sharp interruptions, from that June battle until another June day, almost a century later, when a young Austrian was assassinated in Sarajevo.
Brilliant use of eyewitness accounts. Read it in one sitting
Short book on the battle of Waterloo. Very easy read by a great writer of war and history books. Brilliant
Fascinating, making history alive, could be longer. It is very fine detail the battle maps, i think I will read this many times.
Brief, to the point, balanced, very informative. The definitive book for the uninitiated, and a needed addition to the sophisticated libraries. To be read.