Moore Of Corunna by Roger Parkinson hits the £1 shelf in my shop.
Purnell Book Services, 1976, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Maps ;
From the cover: Of all British generals who claim the admiration of future generations, Sir John Moore perhaps most truly embodies the ideal of the perfect leader. His courage, tactical brilliance, decisiveness, incorruptibility, and gift for firing the spirits of his men in battle we re combined with a conscientious regard for the authority of his government at home even when its dictates were at odds with his own sense of the military realities.
Roger Parkinson portrays, with a vitality that matches his subject, Moores extraordinary career: from the first taste of action against the rebel in America to his early personal triumphs against the French in Corsica, Holland and Egypt. Then came the clouds of controversy; Moores involvement in uneasy and dangerous relationships with local authorities in Corsica, Sicily and Sweden brought criticism as well as fame, and foreshadowed the tragic role he would play in the Peninsular War. The desperate retreat to Corunna and the last heroic stand against Napoleons armies are movingly and dramatically told. Dominating the tumult of events and intrigues is the character of a man in whom exertions amongst dangers and difficulties is preferred to idleness, whose private feelings were subordinated to loyalty to his country and the passionate love of his profession; a restrained eighteenth century gentleman who gave a captured French commander his own sword to make him feel more comfortable, and who continued to ask as the last life ebbed from his body, Are the French beaten?
Good+ in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Leans slightly. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Pages unevenly tanned, mostly at the head of the leaves.
[VIII] 245 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9½” x 6½”.
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