“To meet one’s Waterloo” has become a phrase in popular culture meaning a decisive defeat. It's fitting this term has endured because The Battle of Waterloo is considered a history-changing battle. In 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte escaped from the island of Elba, where he had been exiled. He immediately headed to France to reunite the French army, which was always fiercely loyal to him, and to expand the French Empire. Although considered one of the greatest military minds in history, the author indicates Napoleon made some questionable moves and interesting assumptions at Waterloo.
Bernard Cornwell artfully sets the stage for this epic battle and details the events as they unfold. The author’s use of primary sources (letters from the soldiers) gives the reader a vivid account of the brutality of the battle that cost the lives of over 65,000 people. This is an exceptional account that will satisfy anybody with an interest in the Battle of Waterloo.