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Pete McNamara
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So, I've been playing Waterloo 20 a bit lately. I'm enjoying the game because it is quick and so far every game has been very different as I'm learning the rules and mostly playing solo.

I know nothing about the Napoleanoic era or the battle of Waterloo (other than who won and who lost). I'm interested in a book about Waterloo (similar to say Sears "Gettysburg" book) and the Napoleonic era in general I'm really lacking any knowledge of that time frame.

Recommendations?

Thanks!
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Try the battle - a new history of Waterloo by A Barbero. A well balanced study of the battle by an Italian who has no bias towards the British, French or Prussians.
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"Capitaine Conan," by Roger Vercel (1934).
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Pete,

For me, the best book on the Napoleonic era is the magnificent "The Campaigns of Napoleon," by David Chandler.




A bit hefty, for sure, but worth its weight in gold as a reference. You might want to check it out at your local library to see if it's to your taste--it can be pricy.

Paul
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I first read this when I was 12 or 13. It is still the most readable, exciting account of the battle I've ever read, and I treasure my hard-cover copy.
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Platell wrote:
Try the battle - a new history of Waterloo by A Barbero. A well balanced study of the battle by an Italian who has no bias towards the British, French or Prussians.


Seconded. Barbero's book is great.
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Waterloo Companion by Mark Adkin is pretty impressive.

http://www.amazon.com/Waterloo-Companion-Complete-Historys-F...
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Indeed, the Barbero book is very good!
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Chandler's book Campaigns of Nap
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For Waterloo, I always liked Al Nofi's The Waterloo Campaign from the Great Campaign series by Combined Books. It's a good introduction and a good read. I have The Battle but have yet to read it.

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A fourth for Barbero's book, definitely worth it. Adkin's book is great to have if you want to spring for it -- the panorama shots in particular give you a strong sense of the ground. (Having been there, it's the next-best thing.)
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If you are interested in fictional accounts, you can't beat the Sharpe books by Bernard Cornwell. The books are action/adventure but well written and researched.
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Hi Everyone
Thanks for the recommendations. I really appreciate it. I picked up the Berbero book today and made a quick start. I'm enjoying it.

Now, I need a book for the whole era. It;s like reading a Gettysburg (or perhaps Appomattox) book without understanding the full context.

I am interested in some of the other recommendations but my library did not have them today.

cheers
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Try - Waterloo, The battle of the 3 armies. Edited by Lord Chalfont. ISBN is

0283982357

It is written in 3 parts by an English, a French and a Prussian historian. They tell the story of the battle from the point of view of their own armies.

I found the Prussian section extremely enlightening. This side of the tale had been underplayed in all my previous readings on the subject.

Well worth a read.

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pjmcnamara wrote:
Now, I need a book for the whole era. It;s like reading a Gettysburg (or perhaps Appomattox) book without understanding the full context.


Robert Harvey, "The War of Wars: The Epic Struggle Between Britain and France: 1789-1815"


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zuludawn wrote:


I first read this when I was 12 or 13. It is still the most readable, exciting account of the battle I've ever read, and I treasure my hard-cover copy.


This. An excellent starting point. My favorite quote about the battle (and Howarth's)is from a very small British private who, when asked about the battle, replied that he was hanged if he new anything about the affair, "for I was all day trodden in the mud and ridden over by every scoundrel who had a horse."

Also if you can come across a copy of Howarth's Guide to the battlefield (I bought mine at Waterloo 25 years ago) it's worth looking at as well.
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Ossessione wrote:
Waterloo Companion by Mark Adkin is pretty impressive.

http://www.amazon.com/Waterloo-Companion-Complete-Historys-F...


Bought it. Very well crafted, lots of pictures, text, research...

marredthumbsdown by more recent work including excellent book from Barbero (The Battle) thumbsup.

Waterloo Companion teaches you things that -to me- are also self-perpetuating myths and legends. Really a pity because the book does contain a lot of good stuff, but then you never quite know what is the work of the historian from the complacent approach of the enthusiast.

Interesting to read in parallel of Barbero's book.
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