BOOK REVIEW


Waterloo
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2015 is the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.  Here are my four favourite books that include details of the battle.  The most recent is Bernard Cornwell’s WATERLOO.  After years of historical novels this is his first nonfiction book and it is a detailed and evocative exploration of the battle.  It treads the same ground as his novel SHARP’S WATERLOO, which is the penultimate novel in the long Richard Sharpe series but is far more detailed and accurate. TO WAR WITH WELLINGTON by Peter Snow is a fine overview of Wellington’s Peninsula Campaign and records the events up to and including Waterloo.  Another novel about Waterloo is FOUR DAYS IN JUNE by Iain Gale.  Again this is close to the historical events portrayed and the added storylines make it a good read.  Although these are my favourite books I must mention the “Generals series” of four books by Simon Scarrow showing the careers and battles of Wellington and Napoleon up to and including their meeting at Waterloo. These contain recreated and imagined events that attempt to show the characters of the two generals their background and family life.

Waterloo by Bernard Corwell
Waterloo: The History of Four Days, Three Armies and Three Battles
Sharpe’s Waterloo by Bernard Cornwell
Sharpe’s Waterloo: The Waterloo Campaign, 15-18 June, 1815 (The Sharpe Series, Book 20)
To War With Wellington by Peter Snow
To War with Wellington: From the Peninsula to Waterloo
Four Days in June by Iain Gale
Four Days in June
The Generals Series by Simon Scarrow
Young Bloods: Revolution 1769-1795 (The Wellington and Napoleon Quartet)