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The Military Maxims Of Napoleon

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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
Published by MacMillan Publishing Company (first published April 1st 1993)
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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
Conchita Almora
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.
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.
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.
Not actually by Napoleon. Selected from his writings. I didn't know that and was somewhat disappointed. Still a good read.
Dave/Maggie Bean
Read it carefully, and you’ll understand how the guy managed to grab most of Europe – and how he lost it.
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David G. Chandler was a British historian whose study focused on the Napoleonic era. As a young man he served briefly in the army, reaching the rank of captain, and in later life he taught at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. According to his obituary in the The Daily Telegraph, his "comprehensive account of Napoleon's battles" (his classic "The Campaigns of Napoleon") is "unlikely to be impr ...more
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