This in an excellent military biography of the Duke of Wellington, with a great deal of interesting background on the army during his period. It focuses very heavily on Wellington the general - of the fifteen chapters, two deal with Wellington's time in India, six on the Peninsular War and three on his time on France, including the battle of Waterloo. Corrigan does include chapters on Wellington's early life and his later political career, but not in the same level of detail.
This focus on the military period of Wellington's life is this books great strength. It allows Corrigan to describe the wider campaigns in some detail, giving a good idea not only of what Wellington did, but also why he did it. The text is well backed up by maps. This is a well written and very readable biography of one of Britain's greatest generals.
Author: Gordon Corrigan