Waterloo: The History of Four Days, Three Armies and Three Battles by Bernard Cornwell
Cornwell is, in my opinion, the best historical fiction author writing today, and I have read about 20 of his novels, including The Last Kingdom series. So when I saw he had written a history of Waterloo, I was sure his excellent writing and research, attention to detail, and understanding of the psychology of men in battle, would make this book a winner. I was not disappointed. He lets the battle’s participant tell their story by quoting extensively from soldiers’ letters and diaries, from the enlisted ranks as well as officers. Waterloo was a battle of mistakes (I suppose most are) and the allies made the fewest. This is the best book I have read on the battle and I highly recommend it.