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Wellington: A Personal History

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A brilliant general, remembered most for his defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo, Wellington was also a politician of commanding presence. Elected Prime Minister in 1827, he was an influential adviser to kings and queens, and became deeply involved in all the major scandals of the time, delighting in mixing himself up in other people’s affairs. Celebrated for his sardonic humor ...more
Paperback, 500 pages
Published May 7th 1999 by Da Capo Press (first published January 1st 1997)
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This biography of the Duke of Wellington is very readable. As its title suggests, it does concentrate on describing the Duke's personality. So, if you are looking for detailed descriptions of battles (which I was NOT), then this book might disappoint. Hibbert's book gives a brilliant overview of the life of a man, who was both Britain's hero, and, occasionally, anti-hero. He was regarded as being the saviour of Europe having helped to defeat Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo, along with his allies ...more
Rob Markley
Sep 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: history, napoleonic
Did not do a good job with this - wasn't fun to read and didn't have anything to say.
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
In this 200th year since the battle of Waterloo, many people in the UK certainly, and probably in other countries. will have been reminded of the protagonists and something of what the battle was about, and most of those would already be aware that the man who came out on top was the Duke of Wellington. I would advise that anyone wanting further details of the battle itself shouldn't bank on this book providing them as there is comparatively very little coverage in this book. The reason is that ...more
Apr 16, 2012 rated it did not like it
The 25-pages I read were excruciating. Terribly confusing with little context. More descriptive than analytical. Assumes reader has knowledge of time period and events that probably should be explained, though I assume a British audience was intended, so maybe they would have the requisite knowledge. Overly concerned with "scandalous" anecdotes of Wellington's upper class world while the writer had this annoying proclivity to inject wholly unnecessary descriptions of minor characters, along the ...more
Trevor Hall
Aug 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
This will probably appeal to Brits more than others, but what a fascinating and well researched book. I knew nothing of Wellington's life, his victories, his diplomacy, and not least, his political career. My next visit to London will definitely include Apsley House on the corner of Hyde Park. Highly recommended.
Łukasz Garczewski
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Really interesting chronicle of an entire life, not just the "important & interesting bits". Says a lot about the man and his times. Helps if you have some basic historical contest, though.
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A well-researched enjoyable read; gives a good account of an interesting and enigmatic man.
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Christopher Hibbert, MC, FRSL, FRGS (5 March 1924 - 21 December 2008) was an English writer, historian and biographer. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the author of many books, including Disraeli, Edward VII, George IV, The Rise and Fall of the House of Medici, and Cavaliers and Roundheads.

Described by Professor Sir John Plumb as "a writer of the highest ability and in the N
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