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Napoleon and Wellington

On the morning of the battle of Waterloo, the Emperor Napoleon declared that the Duke of Wellington was a bad general, the British were bad soldiers and that France could not fail to win an easy victory. Forever afterwards historians have accused him of gross overconfidence, and massively underestimating the calibre of the British commander opposed to him. Andrew Roberts presents an original, highly revisionist view of the relationship between the two greatest captains of their age. Napoleon, who was born in the same year as Wellington - 1769 - fought Wellington by proxy years earlier in the Peninsula War, praising his ruthlessness in private while publicly deriding him as a mere 'sepoy general'. In contrast, Wellington publicly lauded Napoleon, saying that his presence on a battlefield was worth forty thousand men, but privately wrote long memoranda lambasting Napoleon's campaigning techniques. Although Wellington saved Napoleon from execution after Waterloo, Napoleon left money in his will to the man who had tried to assassinate Wellington. Wellington in turn amassed a series of Napoleonic trophies of his great victory, even sleeping with two of the Emperor's mistresses.
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Andrew Roberts is one of Britain's foremost young historians Andrew Roberts won the James Stern Silver Pen Prize for Non-Fiction and was the Joint Winner of the Wolfson Prize for History 'It is one of Andrew Roberts's merits that, as well as being intelligent, hard- working and opinionated, he gets great fun out of his writing. His books are consequently not only genuinely important but also a pleasure to read' Philip Ziegler, Daily Telegraph 'A brilliant survey of warefare and character in the early years of the 19th century' Paul Johnson, Sunday Telegraph 25,000 hardbacks and 35,000 paperbacks sold to date. Re-issued as low-priced B format

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Andrew Roberts took a first in Modern History at Cambridge. He has been a professional historian since the publication of his life of Lord Halifax, THE HOLY FOX, in 1991. He contributes regularly to THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH. Lives in Chelsea, London, and has two children.

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