Wellington's Smallest Victory: The Duke, the Model Maker and the Secret of Waterloo

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Faber & Faber, 2005 - Great Britain - 324 pages
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'A first-class work of historical investigation.' Andrew Roberts, author of Napoleon and Wellington

The extraordinary story of how one man's obsession to build a huge model of Waterloo - the greatest model of the greatest battle of all time - incurred the wrath of the Duke of Wellington.

'A book that should be read and pondered deeply by anyone interested even vaguely in the Napoleonic wars . . . Hofschr÷er's impeccable research shows that the Iron Duke was guilty of self-regarding pettiness, obsessive vanity, spin-doctoring and a shameful vendetta against a man whose only crime was to tell the truth.' Daily Express

'Mightily impressive.' Richard Holmes, author of Redcoat

'This important book reveals what happens when a loyal subject runs up against an establishment that will stop at nothing to suppress the truth.' Guardian

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I like this book because it is about a military ego versus the truth. It was the Iron Duke's contention that the British Army won the battle of Waterloo all by itself. Now the truth was it did not ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Peter Hofschr÷er, a specialist in Napoleonic history, is the author of the critically acclaimed and award-winning two-volume study 1815 - The Waterloo Campaign (Greenhill Books). Find out more here.

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