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From prince to pauper: a dramatic overview of Britain on 18 June 1815

A review of Went the Day Well? by David Crane singles it out as the best book so far to mark the bicentenary of Waterloo

7 February 2015

9:00 AM

7 February 2015

9:00 AM

Went the Day Well? Witnessing Waterloo David Crane

Bantam Press, pp.366, £20

Of all the big battalions of books marking the bicentenary of the battle of Waterloo that have come my way, this has to be the best. David Crane has used the bloody campaign as a telescope, bringing into sharp focus not just the carnage along the Brussels road, but the state of Britain itself: a country on the cusp of vast, irreversible change.

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Available from the Spectator Bookshop, £16 Tel: 08430 600033. Nigel Jones has written a history of the Tower of London and is the author of Peace and War: Britain in 1914.

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