Marlborough: Britain?s Greatest General: England's Fragile Genius

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Marlborough Bestselling military historian Richard Holmes delivers an expertly written and exhilarating account of the life of John Churchill, the Duke of Marlborough and Britain's finest soldier, who rose from genteel poverty to lead his country to glory, cementing its position as a major player on the European stage and saviour of the Holy Roman Empire. Full description

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‘We should...welcome a new biography of the man who was so admired by Napoleon and...Winston Churchill – especially if the biographer is Richard Holmes, whose background is a happy blend of military academia and media friendliness. Professor Holmes tackles his subject at a Light Infantry pace, cracking through a wide-ranging biography with confidence and good humour.’ Independent on Sunday

‘The appeal of Holmes’s books is not merely their authority but their style. His lightness of touch makes these 500 pages a joy to read as well as an education.’ The Times

'Outstanding...Holmes has written what must be the...fairest biography of Marlborough.' Daily Telegraph

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"outstanding...Holmes has written what must be the best, because the fairest, biography of Marlborough"

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