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Wellington, Volume I: The Years of the Sword (Wellington #1)

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For most of us Wellington equals Waterloo. But Waterloo was one peak only in the career of this phenomenal man, and it is the achievement of this major biography that it reveals the subtlety and full variety of Wellington's genius as well as the fascinating complexity of England in his time.

He was born Arthur Wesley, third son of the Earl of Mornington, in 1769--the same y
Hardcover, 552 pages
Published September 1st 1969 by Harper and Row (first published 1969)
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Jul 30, 2014 Relstuart rated it liked it
Shelves: military, biography
I didn't realize that this is volume one of two when I started reading it. A thorough biography of Wellington's military years. It ends with the battle of Waterloo and immediate aftermath. While there are interesting stories in his history up to Waterloo, the battle itself and it's telling was (for me) the pinnacle of the book.

On the personal front, one of the interesting things about Wellington's life was his marriage. He loved a girl and proposed marriage. She, thru her family, turned him dow
Mar 22, 2009 Michael rated it liked it
This book is an interesting read for those who are intrigued by the Napoleonic Wars and by its characters. There is no doubt Arthur Duke of Wellington was an extremely gifted and tireless commander, one who had a knack for the details of warfare and a very thorough approach to front-line reconnaissance. He often went to the front lines to personally observe the French positions. Several times, he nearly got himself captured by skirmishers. His cool headedness in battle enabled him to turn the ...more
Jamie Collins
This seemed to be pretty good book on Wellington, from his childhood through the Battle of Waterloo. It was disorganized in the beginning, as the author didn't really have much to say about his youth, and remained so through his time in India, but the narrative improved significantly once the Peninsular campaign began. The book focused almost exclusively on Wellington the military commander and provided only a few glimpses of his personal life. And of course it felt incomplete, since it stopped ...more
Apr 18, 2011 Pylgrym rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My second time with this one. Having just finished Dancing to the Precipice, I decided to revisit the era from this perspective. The world was smaller then, especially where aristos were concerned. Lucie dined with the Sultan Tippoo who was later killed in Wellington's attack on Seringapatan(sp)This biography is a fabulous book. Actually readable. If you only know Wellington from Waterloo, this is an eye-opener. He was sent to Ireland prior to his military career. Had he stayed there and ...more
Sep 24, 2010 Jacqueline rated it it was amazing
This is a nice biography of Wellington for anyone who is interested in the Napoleanic Wars. The book is pretty accessible and easy to read. The Duke of Wellington was a brialliant military man. It was a pity his personal life was not as happy. I would recommend this to readers of Regency romances. You could get an idea of some of the actual history behind the stories of younger sons going off to war.
Sep 13, 2008 Gill rated it it was amazing
One of my favourite ever biographies, definitely the best written about this extraordinary man. A book which has provided a wealth of research for other historians and writers of the period. Brings the Peninsular Wars to life.
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Elizabeth Harman was born on 30 August 1906. She was the daughter of Nathaniel Bishop Harman. She married Sir Francis Aungier Pakenham, 7th Earl of Longford, son of Thomas Pakenham, 5th Earl of Longford and Lady Mary Julia Child-Villiers, on 3 November 1931. She died on 23 October 2002.
Her married name became Pakenham.

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