The History of Four Days, Three Armies, and Three Battles

eBook - 2015
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An illustrated account chronicles in detail events ranging from Napoleon's escape from Elba through Waterloo's three major battlefield events.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2015]
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9780062312075
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (352 pages) :,illustrations (chiefly color)
text file, rda
Additional Contributors: Axis 360 (Firm)


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Jul 24, 2017

I am a fan of Cornwell's historical/adventure novels. According to the blurb, this is his first history. This topic, as the subtitle suggests, is enormous. The author manages to keep the narrative moving briskly - testimony to his superlative powers as a narrator. Cornwell takes the role of historian seriously, producing an excellent book for the general reader. Excellent maps and illustrations also helped me follow the history of this complex, fascinating battle.

Oct 28, 2016

The contrast in reviews is interesting to me since I think they represent two types of people drawn to historical nonfiction. I belong to the first group....don't like battle details (boring) but do like the politics, repercussions, personality profiles of important figures and their major interactions.

Oct 28, 2016

I just don't care for shot by shot depictions of battles. I am far more interested in the politics - that leading up to the battle, and the political implications of the result, and speculation on what may have happened had things gone otherwise. Long detailed narratives of who did what to whom on which ridge put me to sleep.

Megan_B_ Mar 24, 2016

Cornwell's first foray into nonfiction is well written and well researched and has a narrative feel to it. The human element is added by having letters and diary entries from people who fought in the battle. You realize how close the battle came to being lost.

Mar 06, 2016

If you can, get hold of the DVDs that were made of this series starring Sean Bean. If you enjoyed the books, you will love the movies!

Jun 15, 2010

If you've read any other of Cornwell's books, you will have come to expect excitement; lots of action, gore and guts; and stories that authentically fit the time frame in which they are set. Cornwell has written a slew of books that star the character Sharpe. This is the first one I've read in this series --- I'm quick to get in line for others in the series.
Cornwell's specialty is histric fiction --- this time Napoleon's last battle. He has returned from his exile on Elba and is making his last attempt to retake Europe. The name of the battle has become virtually synonimous wikth defeat: Waterloo. The losses on both sides were immense --- once again the flower of a generation spilled its blood on the battlefield. Read this epic and you'll realize what a near thing the whole affair was. Wellington and his forces could easily have failed to take the day.
Enjoy the book --- read it all up --- and then head on out to your library for more!


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