The Duke of Wellington was not just Britainas 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 Muiras masterful new biography, the first of a two-volume set, is the fruit of a lifetimeas 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.div /DIVdivMuir looks at all aspects of Wellingtonas 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 Wellingtonas achievements. The biography is the first to address the major significance of Wellingtonas 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 Wellingtonas reputation for being cold and aloof, showing instead a man of far more complex and interesting character./DIV75. performed well, supporting the 19th Light Dragoons, while Elphinstone and the anonymous memorandum in BL OIOC Eur B 401 both say ... 1, pp. 185a8; AW to the Governor-General, 11 and 24 November 1803, WD, vol. 2, pp. 853a8, 884a8; AW to Shawe, ... negotiations with the Raja of Berar are recorded in WSD, vol.
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