Ki Publishing Co-op  Books by Colleagues  #01

  • The Battle of Waterloo: A Foregone Conclusion

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    In the 200 years since "The Battle of Waterloo" was fought in Belgium on Sunday 18th June 1815, it has featured in hundreds of accounts. Some cover only that day only, some cover each of the four battles fought over the four-day campaign as former Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte sought to re-establish himself by capturing Brussels

    Some specialist accounts deal with the exploits of a single fighting unit ,** while others concentrate on one particular engagement, but almost all have had two features in common. They recognise " Waterloo " as an iconic event , and they base themselves on the seemingly unchallengeable theory that it was a touch-and-go affair. For, as everyone " knows ", the Duke of Wellington stated that The Battle of Waterloo was a near-run thing. So, it was reported in the newspapers immediately afterwards, and the Duke never contradicted it

    Professor Pointon's account, and this book, were stimulated when, reviewing the events of that Sunday from a French angle , he felt compelled to check the actual positions of the troops involved . Looking at the hard facts of the four-day campaign in no way diminishes its nail-biting excitement, but it does tend to correct the fictions which historians have allowed to persist

    As a scientist, the author, Professor A.J. (Tony) Pointon's training is to test theories , not against how many times they have been repeated, or against the eminence of those repeating them, but against hard logic and hard facts

    Tony Pointon, a former Director of Research at the University of Portsmouth , has applied his love of problem-solving across a range from science to chess; from politics to legal cases ; from investigating whether his boyhood hero from Stratford really was the great playwright Shakespeare, ( as set out in his first book ), to ensuring that a statue of Charles Dickens , (the hero of his next book), now stands in Portsmouth , city of his birth , and which nobody thought would happen

    In "The Battle of Waterloo - a Foregone Conclusion" Professor Pointon sets out to show that, regardless of contemporary propaganda , the Battle of Waterloo was not a "near run thing" as was widely believed at the time , but a victory that was totally inevitable

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    • Product Details

    ISBN: 978-1-898594-92-5
    Date published: 10th October 2015
    Parapress, Tunbridge Wells:
    Size: 210 x 150mm
    Weight 390g

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    ** Note: Professor Pointon is to be the featured author at a Literary Supper at Ognisko , The Polish Hearth Club in South Kensington , London
    ** Under particular spotlight will be the 300 Polish Cavalry who fought with the French at The Battle of Waterloo

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    Ki Publishing Co-op  Books by Colleagues  #02

  • The Man Who Never Was Shakespeare
  • The Theft of William Shakspere's Identity


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    via the Good Reads website Author pages

    Was William Shakspere, a successful businessman and minor actor from Stratford-upon-Avon, THE WILLIAM SHAKSPERE, one of the greatest writers of all time?

    There is no doubt that there was a man from Stratford who lived, had children and died under the name of William Shakspere, but was his identity "stolen" to hide the real identify of William Shakspere the writer?

    Professor A.J. Pointon is a chartered Engineer and Physicist, and has been the Director of Research at the University of Portsmouth; the founder and National Secretary of a union for lecturers in higher education; a Government appointed member of ACAS, a nationally rated chess player and the Chairman of the Council of the International Dickens Fellowship. Primarily Tony sees himself as a problem solver

    Tony Pointon first became interested in the question of the authorship of the works of Shakspere when he was asked to defend in a debate the claim that they were by a man called William Shakspere from Stratford-upon-Avon. This led to a serious attempt to collate and substantiate the detailed evidence in favour of that case. When he found that much of what was claimed as evidence was at best suspect, at worst invented, he devoted time to what seemed an obvious problem for solution. This book is the result

    The author does not aim to identify who was hidden so carefully behind the pseudonym, William Shakspere", but he does point a way to the resolution of that problem

    The aim of this book is to restore to William Shakspere his real identity and show that he is a man who is worthy of a proper study in his own right

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    • Product Details:

    • Paperback, 304 pages
    Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 16 x 23.4 cm
    Weight: 528g
    Illustrated: 16 b&w throughout
    First published August 1st 2011 by Parapress
    ISBN 10: 1898594880
    ISBN13: 9781898594888
    Language: English

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    • Cover Illustration:
    Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon, where William Shakspere was baptised and buried, courtesy of Postcards of the Past

    • Inset is the original (1623) bust in the church, showing William Shakspere holding a sack of goods

    Some reviews of The Man who was Never Shakspere and which The Wall Street Journal reviewer considered as one of the best books of 2011

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