Wellington by Christopher Hibbert
A Personal History

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A brilliant general, remembered most for his defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo, Wellington was also a politician of commanding presence. Elected Prime Minister in 1827, he was an influential adviser to kings and queens, and became deeply involved in all the major scandals of the time, delighting in mixing himself up in other people’s affairs. Celebrated for his sardonic humor and savage rages which alternated with irresistible charm, he concealed a deep humanity behind a veneer of aloofness that gained him the sobriquet, “the Iron Duke.” Filled with fresh insights on aspects of Wellington’s life and character, Christopher Hibbert has shown once again why he is one of our finest popular historians.

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Historian Christopher Hibbert was born as Arthur Raymond Hibbert in Enderby, England in 1924. He dropped out of Oriel College to join the Army. He served with the London Irish Rifles and won the Military Cross. He earned a degree in history in 1948. Before becoming a full-time nonfiction writer, he worked as a real estate agent and a television critic for Truth magazine. He wrote more than 60 books throughout his lifetime including The Road to Tyburn (1957), Il Duce: The Life of Benito Mussolini(1962), George IV: Prince of Wales, 1762-1811 (1972), and George IV: Regent and King, 1812-1830 (1973). His work The Destruction of Lord Raglan (1961) won a prize from the Royal Society of Literature. He died from bronchial pneumonia on December 21, 2008 at the age of 84.
Published January 1, 1997 by HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS LTD. 480 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, War, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Arthur Wellesley, later to become the duke of Wellington, took to the trade of soldiering with alacrity, rising to prominence during his long, careful campaign against Napoleon's forces in Spain, and becoming enshrined as a national hero for his victory against the emperor himself at Waterloo.

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One of history's great captains, Sir Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington (1769-1852) was also a dominant figure in Britain's public life.

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His eldest son and titular successor once ruminated sadly, "Think what it will be like when the Duke of Wellington is announced and only I come in."

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