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Andrew Roberts NAPOLEON AND WELLINGTON First Edition Signed
Andrew Roberts NAPOLEON AND WELLINGTON First Edition Signed

Andrew Roberts NAPOLEON AND WELLINGTON First Edition Signed

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First edition first print hardback published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson in 2001. Signed to a previous owner by Roberts on the title page
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First edition first print hardback of NAPOLEON AND WELLINGTON by Andrew Roberts and published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson in 2001. Signed to a previous owner by Roberts on the title page.

The book is in fine condition (violet cloth boards with gilt lettering to spine) with no significant wear. The book is in a near fine unclipped dust jacket which also has no wear to speak of. Internally the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears or other inscriptions.

At breakfast 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. Now the award-winning historian 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 in the Peninsula, 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. The fascinating, constantly changing relationship forms the basis of a compelling study in pride, rivalry, propaganda, nostalgia, and posthumous revenge.


350 pages. Illustrated with black & white and colour photographs

ISBN: 0297646079

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  • Condition:
    Used
  • Product Code:
    12864
  • Weight:
    0.93kg