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The Duke of Wellington, published in 1968, was a title in the International Profiles series.
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The book
In a book of this length it is impossible to cover the wide political, military and international issues raised by Wellington's unique career.  However, in only 86 pages, Harding was able to draw a portrait of Wellington (1769 - 1851) as a man.  There are few areas of Britain's public and social life which Wellington did not influence and which, even today, do not carry the impress of his dominating personality.  Wellington has never ceased to excite the imagination of his compatriots, for whom he embodies so many of the qualities they like to think are theirs.  One is tempted to adapt Voltaire and say that had Wellington not existed it would have been necessary to invent him.  As Harding warns: an interest in the Duke of Wellington is apt to become a lifetime's passion.          
The man
Wellington, his mother's 'ugly boy Arthur' Wellesley, might never have gone into the army if his father, the Earl of Mornington, had still been alive.  As it was, with the family's finances in a precarious situation, 'fit food for powder' Wellington was sent to a military academy at Angers, in France, at the tender age of sixteen.  Wellington learnt to speak French with a good accent and to write it correctly, as well as acquiring Gallic notions of taste, manners and social conduct which transformed him into a polished young gentleman, and a few months before his eighteenth birthday he was gazetted an ensign in a Highland Regiment.  Wellington rose in the ranks, and his most famous achievement is undoubtedly the Battle of Waterloo, which came a year after he was made a Duke.  Wellington, however, was also a successful politician, Prime Minister from 1828 to 1830, and, as an elder statesman, was installed as Chancellor of Oxford University, as well as holding several other public offices before his death in 1851.