In this compelling book ? and hugely popular accompanying BBC series
? Richard Holmes charts the extraordinary progress of Britain's greatest-ever
soldier from the ruins of his family seat in Ireland to the plains of India,
where Wellesley first gained his reputation as a brilliant and courageous
commander, to the horrors of the Peninsular War and ultimately to Waterloo.
Holmes excavates a brilliant figure, idealistic in politics, cynical
in love, a wit, a beau, a man of enormous courage and iron duty often sickened
by the horrors of war. However, Wellington's journey to greatness and recognition
as the man who saved Europe from the tyranny of Napoleon, includes tales
of philandering and exposes a man who sometimes despised the men he led,
and was not always in control of them.
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