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How the French Won Waterloo - or Think They Did

by Stephen Clarke

How the French Won Waterloo - or Think They Did Synopsis

Published in the 200th Anniversary year of the Battle of Waterloo a witty look at how the French still think they won, by Stephen Clarke, author of 1000 Years of Annoying the French and A Year in the Merde. Two centuries after the Battle of Waterloo, the French are still in denial. If Napoleon lost on 18 June 1815 (and that's a big 'if'), then whoever rules the universe got it wrong. As soon as the cannons stopped firing, French historians began re-writing history. The Duke of Wellington was beaten, they say, and then the Prussians jumped into the boxing ring, breaking all the rules of battle. In essence, the French cannot bear the idea that Napoleon, their greatest-ever national hero, was in any way a loser. Especially not against the traditional enemy - les Anglais. Stephen Clarke has studied the French version of Waterloo, as told by battle veterans, novelists, historians - right up to today's politicians, and he has uncovered a story of pain, patriotism and sheer perversion ...

How the French Won Waterloo - or Think They Did Press Reviews

Indeed, as Stephen Clarke demonstrates in this cheeky book, they have spent two whole centuries 'indulging in outrageous denial' * Daily Mail * Clarke's tone is larky, but his outrageously readable work is based on extensive research, with a wealth of enticing detail. * Daily Mail * This is Waterloo as stand-up, funny and caustic by turns * BBC History Magazine *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099594987
Publication date: 16th June 2016
Author: Stephen Clarke
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 304 pages
Categories: Napoleonic Wars, War & defence operations, European history, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900,

About Stephen Clarke

Stephen Clarke lives in Paris, where he divides his time between writing and not writing. His Merde novels have been bestsellers all over the world, including France. His non-fiction books include Talk to the Snail, an insider's guide to understanding the French; How the French Won Waterloo (or Think They Did), an amused look at France's continuing obsession with Napoleon; Dirty Bertie: An English King Made in France, a biography of Edward VII; and 1000 Years of Annoying the French, which was a number one bestseller in Britain. Research for The French Revolution and What Went Wrong took him deep into ...

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