Elizabeth Longford - Wellington : The Years of the Sword (2nd Hand Hardback)
- Format : Slightly Smaller, Older 2nd Hand Hardback with Dust Jacket.
- Condition : Good (Older book but very solid. Dust Jacket also Good. A little "old book smell", not unpleasant.)
- Category : Non-Fiction - Autobiography & Biography
- Published : 1971 (World Books)
- ISBN : N/A
- SKU : B001503
- PPC : SP740
- RRP : £3.50
- Quantity Available : 1
Volume one of this biography covers the first 46 years of Wellington's life. From his childhood, to his career in the army and on to the final battle with Napoleon at Waterloo.
Elizabeth Longford's 1969 biography "Wellington: The Years of the Sword" may still be the most balanced portrait of the First Duke of Wellington in his years on active service as an officer in the British Army.
Longford is blessed with a highly accessible prose style and an intimate understanding of the class system and social mores of the world in which Wellington lived. Her extensive access to Wellington's personal correspondence permits remarkable insight into his personality, revealing a more complex human being than the stiff, stoic leader of other biographies.
What emerges is a portrait of Wellington as, first, a dreamy and shallow young man, then a young and ambitious military officer, and finally as the mature and highly professional general who defeated Napoleon's Marshals in Portugal and Spain, and Napoleon himself at Waterloo.
"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." - Goodreads Review
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