Book Review

‘Waterloo: The History of Four Days, Three Armies, and Three Battles’ by Bernard Cornwell

w-bcSTORY: ‘Some battles change nothing. Waterloo changed almost everything.’

On the 18th June, 1815 the armies of France, Britain and Prussia descended upon a quiet valley south of Brussels. In the previous three days the French army had beaten the British at Quatre-Bras and the Prussians at Ligny. The Allies were in retreat. The blood-soaked battle of Waterloo would become a landmark in European history, to be examined over and again, not least because until the evening of the 18th, the French army was close to prevailing on the battlefield.

Now, brought to life by the celebrated novelist Bernard Cornwell, this is the chronicle of the four days leading up to the actual battle and a thrilling hour-by-hour account of that fateful day. In his first work of non-fiction, Cornwell combines his storytelling skills with a meticulously researched history to give a riveting account of every dramatic moment, from Napoleon’s escape from Elba to the smoke and gore of the battlefields.

Through letters and diaries he also sheds new light on the private thoughts of Napoleon and the Duke of Wellington, as well as the ordinary officers and soldiers. Published to coincide with the bicentenary in 2015, Waterloo is a tense and gripping story of heroism and tragedy – and of the final battle that determined the fate of Europe.

REVIEW: If you’ve ever read or seen a “War and Peace” not Piece. :), you’ll understand why I had to read this story. This was such a great retelling of a famous battle and it shone the light not just on famous names that fought it but some infamous as well.

It was pure genius to bring us the recounting of this battle through multiple view points, using real words of the soldiers on all sides of the war, through their correspondence. The author literally painted the carnage of this battle in so vivid of detail that it brought tears to my eyes. I highly recommended to all that are interested to know in what it took to pull the victory over Napoleon.

Melanie for b2b

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher


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