Reviews

 

‘This deeply researched and brilliantly written book supersedes all previous work on the subject. A masterpiece.’ — Tim Blanning, author of The Pursuit of Glory: Europe, 1648-1815

‘A biography of Wellington that far outclasses all its numerous competitors and will be enjoyed by specialists and general readers alike: truly a splendid achievement.’ — Charles Esdaile, author of Napoleon’s Wars: An International History, 1803-1815

“Muir’s painstaking recital of facts and descriptions of battles will delight military buffs.”—Lawrence James, The Times

“[E]xtensively researched and anchored in fact, [Muir] gives an invaluable picture of the duke in his early years that will be unfamiliar to many who know only of his military exploits. Muir has researched his subject for 30 years and it shows. . .[The] second volume – to judge by his first – cannot come soon enough…”—Simon Heffer, New Statesman

“[U]ntil now we have lacked a modern, meaty biography of Wellington ‘in the round’. Judging by the recently published first volume of Rory Muir’s scholarly but very readable biography, that gap has now been filled. This is biography on an impressive scale. . .Without doubt. . .this first volume is a formidable achievement, already the Wellington biography for our time.”—Gary Sheffield, BBC History Magazine

“The first major Life of Wellington since Elizabeth Longford’s work of 1969-72, Rory Muir’s biography is matched by an extensive commentary online (at www.lifeofwellington.co.uk). Muir comes to his task after long research on the wars against Napoleon, from both political and military perspectives. . .giv[ing] us an exceptional insight into the struggle, the changes that were necessary to sustain British forces, and the impact made by determined and ambitious individuals.”—Chris Woolgar, Times Literary Supplement

“It’s an important book and an enjoyable read. . .Muir’s examination is thorough enough that many small myths about Wellington perish. Entire generations of questionable anecdotes are swept away.”—John Brewster, Napoleon Historical Society Newsletter