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Napoleon and Modern War: His Military Maxims

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This is a distillation of the knowledge, intuition and wisdom of history's greatest military commander. Napoleon's success was built upon practical experience combined with his own study of classical warfare and his natural grasp of the key principles of war. His thoughts, theories and commentaries on the subject are here presented in the form of accessible and readable ma
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Hardcover, 174 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Literary Licensing, LLC (first published April 1st 1993)
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Rosa Ramôa
Jan 06, 2016 Rosa Ramôa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Morrer não é nada,mas viver derrotado e sem glória é morrer cada dia".
(Napoleão Bonaparte,1769/1823)
Greta
Per la prima volta alcune massime sulla guerra e sulla politica di Napoleone sono state raccolte in un’unica opera. Da questi aforismi, scritti in tempi diversi e perciò spesso contraddittori, emerge la figura di Napoleone: militare, ma soprattutto uomo politico e sovrano. Alcune massime sembrano difendere la Costituzione, la democrazia e la Rivoluzione Francese, altre manifestano il pieno disprezzo per il popolo ignorante e rozzo e l’incapacità dei cittadini di governarsi da sé. Insomma, un uom ...more
Dmitriy
Jan 06, 2012 Dmitriy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Napoleon wasn't just a military genius he was also a brilliant mathematian and great writer.
And this book gives analysys on his Italian and Egyptian campaign with shrewdness. And if you are interested in history, read it immediately.
Zechy
Jul 02, 2013 Zechy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, trivia, war
Not actually by Napoleon. Selected from his writings. I didn't know that and was somewhat disappointed. Still a good read.
Brandi
Apr 09, 2016 Brandi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
I haven't read Sun Tzu's Art of War yet, but I wonder how many of these maxims are similar to or are also in the most well-known Art of War...

Anyway, there were some interesting tips on trench warfare. It was also surprising to realize that trench warfare has been going on before and during Napoleon's time (pre-American Revolutionary War) to World War I. It's fascinating that Napoleon thought that trench warfare was outdated in his time.
Craig Tyler
While I love reading source material so that I can make my own interpretations, I found the amount of actual source to be very light. There are 78 Maxims which cover 27 pages of this book, the other 225 are introductions, interpretations, and bibliographies. I realize that a text which is older needs some context (i.e. Sun Tzu's Art of War) but 200 pages worth of context? I believe if you picked up the book and know who Napoleon was, then you may already have context.

Maxims were interesting, but
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Conchita Almora
Sep 05, 2013 Conchita Almora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is indeed essential reading to understand the mind of a master strategist and politician, who through a series of military victories and carefully orchestrated coups became the master of Europe, for a brief time, anyway. One also can see how Napoleon justified his action based upon his belief in the Enlightenment principles of the French Revolution.
Ruth Eitemiller
A collection of short maxims, complemented by historical examples courtesy of General Burnod.

I read this alongside a biography of Napoleon (The Rise of Napoleon Bonaparte) and found it fascinating. On its own it may be a bit less enthralling.
Windsor
Dec 28, 2013 Windsor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Very good overview of his art of war, without giving you too much of a headache. Where i would start if I was a beginner.
Dave/Maggie Bean
Jul 29, 2011 Dave/Maggie Bean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military-theory
Read it carefully, and you’ll understand how the guy managed to grab most of Europe – and how he lost it.
Crispin Burke
Yawn, okay.
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Napoleon I (born Napoleone di Buonaparte, later Napoléon Bonaparte)was a French military and political leader who had significant impact on modern European history. He was a general during the French Revolution, the ruler of France as Premier Consul of the French Republic, Empereur des Français, King of Italy, Mediator of the Swiss Confederation and Protector of the Confederation of the Rhine.

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