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The Duke of Wellington was not just Britain’s greatest soldier, although his seismic struggles as leader of the Allied forces against Napoleon in the Peninsular War deservedly became the stuff of British national legend. Wellington was much more: a man of vision beyond purely military matters, a politically astute thinker, and a canny diplomat as well as lover, husband, anThe Duke of Wellington was not just Britain’s greatest soldier, although his seismic struggles as leader of the Allied forces against Napoleon in the Peninsular War deservedly became the stuff of British national legend. Wellington was much more: a man of vision beyond purely military matters, a politically astute thinker, and a canny diplomat as well as lover, husband, and friend. Rory Muir’s masterful new biography, the first of a two-volume set, is the fruit of a lifetime’s research and discovery into Wellington and his times. The author brings Wellington into much sharper focus than ever before, addressing his masterstrokes and mistakes in equal measure. Muir looks at all aspects of Wellington’s career, from his unpromising youth through his remarkable successes in India and his role as junior minister in charge of Ireland, to his controversial military campaigns. With dramatic descriptions of major battles and how they might have turned out differently, the author underscores the magnitude of Wellington’s achievements. The biography is the first to address the major significance of Wellington’s political connections and shrewdness, and to set his career within the wider history of British politics and the war against Napoleon. The volume also revises Wellington’s reputation for being cold and aloof, showing instead a man of far more complex and interesting character....

Title : Wellington: The Path to Victory 1769-1814
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ISBN : 9780300186659
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Number of Pages : 728 Pages
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Wellington: The Path to Victory 1769-1814 Reviews

  • Jeffrey
    2018-10-18 07:03

    I love novels about the Napoleonic Era. You can't read too many of those without encountering Arthur Wellesley. I have been intrigued by him for many years, and my in-laws bought this wonderful biography for a gift to me. Wellington:the Path to Victory 1769-1814 is fantastic. My understanding of the the Penisular war has expanded so much as a result of this book. I got deep insights into Wellington's character. I am fascinated by what I learned about Wellesley's time in India. I cannot wait for Muir to Publish the second volume. Maybe I will camp out at Barnes and Noble the night it is released and dress up like Wellington at Waterloo.

  • Mark
    2018-10-28 08:22

    Arthur Wellesley, 1st duke of Wellington, stands as one of the most iconic figures in British history, Innumerable books have been written about him, mainly if not exclusively focusing on his military career. One of the great strengths of Rory Muir's excellent biography -- the first of a projected two volumes -- is that in recounting his military service he does not neglect the less glamorous political side of his early career, one that was intertwined with his years in uniform.This alone makes Muir's book an improvement over its predecessor Elizabeth Longford's Wellington: The Years of the Sword. Yet there is much more to recommend it. Muir takes advantage of previously unutilized sources to give a more well-rounded portrait of Wellington's life and career, one that puts to flight the traditional image of the aloof figure of old. Instead the reader is introduced to a more compassionate figure, one whose interest in the welfare and discipline of his troops serve as keys to his later success in his campaigns. Such attention helped to preserve his army in its grueling effort to drive out the French, first from Portugal, then Spain. By keeping them together, Wellington and his men triumphed over their numerically superior forces, and they were steadily advancing in southern France when the war ended and Muir closes out this bookExtensively researched and clearly written, Muir's Wellington offers an excellent account of his life and campaigns. Hopefully soon Muir will complete the second volume; when he does, readers will have the best biography available of his extensive and varied career as a soldier and statesman. For me it cannot come out soon enough.

  • Edgar Raines
    2018-11-09 09:58

    Rory Muir's _Wellington_ is deeply reserached in primary and secondary sources. Muir is an excellent writer, and his prose flows. He is at great pains to demonstrate Wellington's relations with the British political establishment as well as his more purely military role as a commander of British forces in both India and the Peninsula. This is the definitive biography of Wellington for our generation.

  • Jonathan
    2018-10-22 11:54

    The first installment of the excellent and new biography of the Duke of Wellington by Rory Muir. The enormous amount of information and historical overview doesn't overwhelm the beautiful prose. This would seem to now be the go-to book on the Duke for all you Napoleonic era fans out there.

  • John
    2018-10-18 06:56

    A very informative and surprisingly readable book, especially for those of us who only associate Wellington with the Battle of Waterloo. The author has done his homework and presents a complete picture of his subject.

  • Rob Markley
    2018-10-29 07:58

    There have been a lot of Wellington biographies but this is the best by a long way. Does a good job of revealing the man and debunking many prejudices, however I still didn't quite get the sense of knowing Arthur Wellesley as a person as only the very, very best biographies can do.

  • Maria
    2018-10-20 05:09

    With only three chapters left to go, I feel I can write something worthwhile. I have been studying Wellington's role as a strategist for some years and have come to a few conclusions myself. One of the main ones is that Wellington learned a lot from his first real battle, Seringapatam in India. This battle was fought at night and was a fiasco. As far as I can tell, Wellington took away from this battle the conviction that communication is everything - knowing where your troops are, where the enemy is, and being able to get that information to the commanding officer, in this case, himself. I feel that this conviction led directly to his success in later battles where he used young officers to ride to different points of the battlefield and bring back information. He himself also rode all over at the front to see what was happening in his own vicinity. That was his strength at defensive tactics. He also NEVER fought another night battle. I was disappointed that Muir only reports the facts of the battle without drawing any conclusions from it, so I wasn't expecting much from the rest of the book. As I read further, I found, however, that Muir does have a lot to offer. The effects of disease, the difficulties of getting food and ordinance across country to the soldiers, the everyday difficulties the common soldier faced during the Peninsular Wars are all here and very well done. He has done a superb job of gathering information from letters and dispatches and many other sources and pulling it together. I have just finished his chapter on the siege of Burgos, where Muir does draw a conclusion about Wellington. It is the third or fourth time that he has relied on his engineers to get a job done without the proper equipment. Muir says it is one of the biggest mistakes of his career that he did not call for the siege equipment to be brought up from Almeida, although Burgos was not part of his original plan of campaign and there is some question about whether there was time for it to be brought up. My take on this mistake is that Wellington repeatedly took the assurance of his engineers that they could get the job done, which tells me that he knew little to nothing about engineering, since in all other matters he took a direct involvement, whether it was movement of food and equipment or pay for the men, for which other officers had the responsibility. He was indefatigable in his efforts to keep his army on its feet, clothed and fed and armed and disciplined over difficult terrain and weather conditions. 12-11-2015: Just finished the book and don't think I would change anything I have written previously, but I will add that the final six pages of chapter 34 are a recap by Muir of the Peninsular campaign which is thoroughly and even perhaps brilliantly done, pulling everything together in summary that he had written in detail before, allowing the reader to get a good overall picture now that each battle is under his/her belt, so to speak. I'm definitely going on to the next volume.

  • Bruce Hesselbach
    2018-10-26 12:18

    This is a wonderfully detailed book describing the Duke of Wellington's early life from birth up to but not including Waterloo. Here in America we know about the battle of Waterloo but most people know little if anything about the Peninsular War preceding it. The book comes to life with many portraits of day to day activities as well as battle scenes and political controversies. It is almost impossible to put this book down once you start reading it. The descriptions are so vivid that you feel that you are campaigning in Spain and Portugal with the British army and that you know its general intimately. It's a must-read for history buffs.

  • Tricia
    2018-11-13 07:10

    A scholarly, comprehensive, and very readable account of Wellington's life and career up to 1814. I look forward to reading the second volume.

  • Steve
    2018-11-12 07:59

    A thorough review of Wellington's service from India through Napoleon's first abdication. The notes are complete and easy to read.