Longford, Elizabeth.


New one-volume ed., 1992. Xxiv + 580 p., 55 photo & other plates + 10 maps. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. Signature & date of the late Dr. Colin White, author & historian. Magisterial, vivid, exhaustively researched, sympathetic yet balanced, rich in personal details but scholarly too, Elizabeth Longford’s two-volume Wellington was greeted with a storm of acclaim. This abridged, one-volume edition brings a classic work to a new generation of readers. Wellington soldiered his way through Flanders fields to India, through the brilliant campaigns of the Peninsular War, to his outstanding victory at Waterloo. After this battle, Wellington was never asked to fire another shot. Yet such was the power of this extraordinary man to propel himself into the path of great events, that the second half of his life, in which he rose to the head of a divided Tory Party and Prime Minister of a country loudly demanding reform, was hardly less exciting than the first.

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