1st ed., 1984. Xii + 340 pp., 13 ills., + 25 maps. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. Here is a selection from Wellington’s war dispatches and letters and, using the skills of an accomplished thriller writer, the editor has added his own dramatic, explanatory narrative to present the living history of the Peninsular War through the words of the great man. Wellington dealt personally, almost obsessively, with every conceivable aspect of the war, and it is this that makes his correspondence such an illuminating account of the man and his most brilliant campaign in the Peninsular. The problems that he faced were quite legion. Between six and nine o’clock each morning, in reports, directives and private letters, he recorded his response to these difficulties. No detail was ever beneath him yet he never lost sight of his overall strategy.