• How the French Won Waterloo - or Think They Did

  • By: Stephen Clarke
  • Narrated by: Justin Edwards
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
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How the French Won Waterloo - or Think They Did

By: Stephen Clarke
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Published in the 200th anniversary year of the Battle of Waterloo, a witty look at how the French still think they won, by Stephen Clarke, author of 1000 Years of Annoying the French and A Year in the Merde.

Two centuries after the Battle of Waterloo, the French are still in denial. If Napoleon lost on 18 June 1815 (and that's a big 'if') then whoever rules the universe got it wrong. As soon as the cannons stopped firing, French historians began rewriting history.

The Duke of Wellington was beaten, they say, and then the Prussians jumped into the boxing ring, breaking all the rules of battle. In essence the French cannot bear the idea that Napoleon, their greatest-ever national hero, was in any way a loser. Especially not against the traditional enemy - les Anglais.

Stephen Clarke has studied the French version of Waterloo, as told by battle veterans, novelists, historians - right up to today's politicians, and he has uncovered a story of pain, patriotism and sheer perversion....

©2015 Stephen Clarke (P)2015 Random House Audiobooks
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  • JDEVLIN
  • 10-12-16

A new look at Waterloo

A very, very funny and informative look at Waterloo and the French take on the battle and aftermath.

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  • Roger
  • 10-29-22

Pas mal ...

Allons enfants de la patrie, le jour de gloire ...
Merde. C'est la vérité. Les carottes sont cuites ...

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  • Paul Macro
  • 07-23-22

Rib cracking

I was laughing outloud through most of my listening. Rib cracklingly funny. Well read and told - vive l'empreur.

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  • kazade
  • 12-07-20

Great factual book

I enjoyed it book as much at the other book about French bashing. Both books gives a fact based history of are closest neighbour

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  • M. Redmond
  • 08-16-18

Very informative with humour.

A very interesting listen, humour and fact. Look forward to more books from the Author.

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  • mrfarrow2u
  • 12-04-16

Aahh ze French!!

A very good listen, caused a few chuckles... Then again, who won the battle of Waterloo?

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  • chris
  • 10-10-16

Merde - why gloire is better than french bashing

a useful review of French attitudes and legacy. might have asked the question why so many English speaking historians write about 1789-1815 compared to french.