BOOK REVIEW: ‘The Longest Afternoon: The 400 Men who Decided the Battle of Waterloo’

THE LONGEST AFTERNOON: THE 400 MEN WHO DECIDED THE BATTLE OF WATERLOO

By Brendan Simms

Basic Books, $24.99, 186 pages

As Napoleon Bonaparte’s troops assembled for battle outside the Belgian village of Waterloo in June 1815, the deposed French emperor spoke scornfully of the opposing British commander and his soldiers: …