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Wellington by George Hooper is a captivating and informative biography of one of history's greatest military leaders, the Duke of Wellington. The author provides a detailed account of Wellington's life, from his early years in Ireland to his rise to prominence as a formidable British general.

Hooper does an excellent job of portraying Wellington as a complex and multifaceted individual, showcasing his military talents as well as his political and personal struggles. The book delves into Wellington's strategic genius on the battlefield, highlighting his key victories in the Peninsular War and at the Battle of Waterloo.

Additionally, Hooper explores Wellington's relationships with his family, friends, and fellow officers, shedding light on the man behind the legend. The book is well-researched and well-written, making it an engaging read for history enthusiasts and fans of military biographies.

Overall, Wellington is a well-rounded and insightful portrayal of an iconic figure in British history. Hooper's meticulous attention to detail and engaging storytelling make this book a must-read for anyone interested in the life and accomplishments of the Duke of Wellington.

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Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, , was born in Dublin, the younger son of an Irish Protestant aristocrat. He served with his brother in India and rose to prominence during the Napoleonic Wars in the Peninsular Campaign. As a youth, his mother saw little promise in him, but Wellesley was an early riser and a hard worker, inured to the harsh life of the army camp, and conscientious in his knowledge of terrain and of defensive tactics. He famously commanded the allied forces at the final defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo, but the two men never actually met. Although a staunch conservative, as prime minister in 1829, he was persuaded by Robert Peel to approve the long-overdue Catholic Relief Act. The journalist, George Hooper, penned this lively little biography in 1889, when he wrote that there were still many people alive who could "cherish the recollection of the silver-haired veteran, wearing a blue coat and white waistcoat and trousers, riding or walking through the streets, or painfully listening with one hand to his best ear, in the House of Lords."

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