Waterloo: The True Story of Four Days, Three Armies and Three Battles


Review by: fealtytokhorne
This post is a review of the book: Waterloo: The True Story of Four Days, Three Armies and Three Battles, by Bernard Cornwell. The book is a summary of the events of the Battle of Waterloo, as well as some of the events after it. In order to summarize the battle, Cornwell uses several witness accounts, piecing them together to find what exactly happened during the momentous battle. This can be rather difficult at times, as the witness accounts often contradict each other. Throughout the book, he also examines the tactics used by each army, and explains why the armies efforts either failed or succeeded. This results in a book that is perfect for those who are just starting to get into the subject of the Napoleonic wars, or those who only have a passing interest in the subject.

However, there are still some problems with the book. For example, the witness accounts feel rather disjointed at times, forcing the reader to go back and look at previous chapters. Cornwell also makes it look as if Wellington, the British commander, was simply superior to the other commanders mentioned within the book. This may be the case when compared with some of the other leaders, such as Slender Billy, who made several horrible mistakes which cost many lives, but it may not necessarily be true for the others. As a result of this, I rate this book 4/5 stars.


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