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History is written by the victors. I found this to have a typical British (Yes I know he is Scottish) slant. It comes from a time and country so fervent with superiority that they planted fossil in the English countryside to prove that it was an englishman that predated Cro-Magnons of Germany and France. Rejected Relativity because Einstein was German and a Jew! I found it to have backhanded compliments. "Oh he was smart but he had the complexion of a foreigner", he wasn't really French... and Britain wasn't really French after 1066. I found reading Napoleon's letter far more illuminating than reading yet another version of history written by a brit. Incidentally, considering how many british soldier where actually at Waterloo compared to Bluchers' and the rest of the coalition I find it humorous that Wellington is recognized as the victor with little to no mention of the others as if the british fought the battle themselves with approx. 30,000 men.
Living in england I ran into that same slant of WWII.. The brits won the war... The Americans and Russians were inconsequential. Monty and the spitfire won it single handedly...
I think more contemporary works are far better. If you want to know the heart of a Frenchman, the last person on earth you should ask would be an English/Scotsman. Just my opinion.