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Waterloo The Aftermath by Paul O'Keeffe
  

Waterloo The Aftermath

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With the 200th anniversary of the ending of the Battle of Waterloo on 19 June 2015 there are a great many books being published detailing the battle but what about what happened afterwards? The great battle is over - there are thousands of dead and dying men and horses strewn across the battlefield, the fight for souvenirs and booty starts and it won’t be long before the tourists arrive. Though a vast array of primary sources Paul O’Keeffe creates for his readers a panoramic picture of life in Britain and Europe in the aftermath of Waterloo, there are dances abandoned as the news comes in, women drowning as boats crowd The Bellerophon trying to catch a glimpse of Napoleon before he sails to his exile, Walter Scott examining a bullet hole in a cuirass he’s just purchased, drunken celebrations and for the toothless, good human teeth for sale culled from the fields of Waterloo. ~ Sue Baker

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. This account of Waterloo begins where many end, on the evening of 18 June 1815. Meticulously researched, it brings home the horrors of the battlefield where 200,000 men with 60,000 horses fought all day over an area of barely five square miles. There was a war still to be won. Napoleon did not surrender, but returned to Paris, pursued by the victorious British and Prussian armies, hell-bent on plunder. He then fled to the coast, hoping to sail to the USA, but the British had other plans for him. Tying up loose ends, O’Keefe tells a story that needed to be told.
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Waterloo The Aftermath by Paul O'Keeffe

After midnight, 19 June 1815...On the battlefield more than 50,000 men and 7,000 horses lie dead and wounded; the wreckage of a once proud French Grande Armee struggles in abject disorder to the Belgian frontier pursued by murderous Prussian lancers; and Napoleon Bonaparte, exhausted and stunned at the scale of his defeat, rode through the darkness towards Paris, abdication and captivity. In the days, weeks and months that followed, news of the battle shaped the consciousness of an age. Drawing on a multiplicity of contemporary voices and viewpoints, Paul O'Keeffe brings into focus as never before the sights, sounds and smells of the battlefield, of conquest and defeat, of celebration and riot.


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'Hugely readable, held together by imaginative structuring... Storytelling in the great narrative tradition' -- John Pemble Guardian

'It is all here - and all told with the same verve, eye for anecdote and command of the material. This is a very good book, and a model of how narrative history should be written... anybody remotely interested in the battle should read' The Spectator

About the Author

Paul O'Keeffe's acclaimed books include biograhies of Wyndham Lewis (Some Sort of Genius, 2000) and Benjamin Robert Haydon (A Genius for Failure, 2009). He lives in Liverpool.

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Publication date

30th April 2015

Author

Paul O'Keeffe

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Author's Website

www.paulmokeeffe.com/index....

Publisher

Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing

Format

Paperback
400 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
History
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Napoleonic Wars
War & defence operations
European history
Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900

ISBN

9780099563792

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