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The Battle

The Battle

(2005)
A New History of the Battle of Waterloo
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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.

 
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Hardback Editions

July 2005 : USA Hardback
Title: The Battle: A New History of Waterloo
Author(s): Alessandro Barbero
ISBN: 0-8027-1453-6 / 978-0-8027-1453-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Walker & Co
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June 2005 : UK Hardback
Title: The Battle: A new history of the Battle of Waterloo
Author(s): Alessandro Barbero
ISBN: 1-84354-309-5 / 978-1-84354-309-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

June 2006 : USA Paperback
Title: The Battle: A New History of Waterloo
Author(s): Alessandro Barbero
ISBN: 0-8027-1500-1 / 978-0-8027-1500-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Walker Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

June 2006 : UK Paperback
Title: The Battle: A New History of the Battle of Waterloo
Author(s): Alessandro Barbero
ISBN: 1-84354-310-9 / 978-1-84354-310-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

January 2013 : UK Kindle edition
Title: The Battle: A New History of the Battle of Waterloo
Author(s): Alessandro Barbero
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Availability: Amazon UK   

May 2009 : USA Kindle edition
Title: The Battle: A New History of Waterloo
Author(s): Alessandro Barbero
Publisher: Walker Books
Availability: Amazon   

June 2006 : Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Battle: A New History of the Battle of Waterloo
Author(s): Alessandro Barbero
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Availability: Amazon CA   



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