June 18, 1815 was one of the most momentous days in world history, marking the end of 22 years of French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. On the battlefield of Waterloo, the Emperor Napoleon and his hastily formed legions clashed with the Anglo-Allied armies led by the Duke of Wellington—the only time the two greatest military strategists of their era faced each other in combat. The author of A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900 sets the political, strategic, and historical scene, detailing each successive stage of the battle while also examining new evidence that reveals exactly how Napoleon was defeated.
"Andrew Roberts has produced the most convincing description of that fearsome day I have ever read."—Paul Johnson