Napoleon & Wellington

The Battle of Waterloo and the Great Commanders Who Fought It
Andrew Roberts
Introduced by Alistair Horne

An exacting and illuminating dual biography, complemented by colour photographs.

Born in the same year, with several early biographical similarities, Napoleon and Wellington even shared two mistresses. Both possessed extraordinary self-belief and a single-minded desire for success. And, although they never met, they were fascinated and repelled by each other. It is the nuanced nature of this relationship that Roberts’s book so adeptly uncovers. He begins with what historian Alistair Horne describes as ’a most illuminating comparative timetable of their lives’. There follows a deft reconstruction of their intertwining military careers and the rivalry that lasted until their deaths. This edition includes a chronology and three redrawn, integrated maps, as well as illustrations chosen to reflect the evolving relationship between the two commanders. They include a four-page fold-out of William Allan’s The Battle of Waterloo, the only battle painting to depict both Napoleon and Wellington.

‘As entertaining as it is instructive’

  1. Christopher Hibbert, Sunday Times

Bound in blocked metallic buckram

Set in Garamond

400 pages

Frontispiece and 24 pages of colour plates, and a colour fold-out

3 maps

Plain slipcase

10˝ x 6¼˝

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