Title MOORE OF CORUNNA.
Publisher Hart-Davis, MacGibbon, St Albans, 1976, first edition.
Seller ID 23449
245 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0246107553 B&w illustrations. "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 c ourage, tactical brilliance, decisiveness, incorruptibility, and gift for firing the spirits of his men in battle were combined with a conscientious regard for the authoity of his government at home - even when its dictates were at odds with h i s o w n sense of the military realities. Rober Parkinson portrays, with a vitality that matches his subject, Moore's extraordinary career: from the first taste of action against the rebel in America to his early personal triumphs against the Fr en ch in C or sica, Holland and Egypt. Then came the clouds of controversy; Moore's involvement in uneasy and dangerous relationships with local authorities in Corsica, Sicily and Sweden brought criticism as well as fame, and foreshadowed the tra gic ro l e h e w oul d play in the Peninsular War. The desperate retreat to Corunna and the last heroic stand against Napoleon's armies are movingly and dramatically told. Dominating the tumult of events and intrigues is the character of a ma n in who m 'e xe rtio ns a mong st 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 cap tured Fren ch comma nder his o wn sword to make him feel more comfortable, and who continued to ask as the last life ebbed from his body, 'Are the French beaten?'." Book slightly cocked, light wrinkling at top of spine, small very light stain on of text block. D ust ja cket has li ght wrinkling at top of spine, one tiny edge tear, light liquid stain at bottom inside spine. Very Good/Very Good