Frederick the Great: King of Prussia
Frederick II, King of Prussia, was a legendary ruler, artistic patron, man of letters, lawgiver, and commander -- in David Fraser's words, "one of the most extraordinary men ever to sit on a throne or command an army." He personally commanded his army in war after war with such supreme skill...more
His goal was to unify the German speaking people of Europe. However, some German speaking people remained vassals of other European countries. To resolve this, he first tried to conquer Silesia. Silesia was a material ri ...more
My main criticism is the lack of full names for several of the people, some major, given either in the text or the index. For example, I would read about some person and would be interested in reading a bit more on him or her on the i ...more
The author does a fantastic job of presenting the life of Frederick the Great in a fully accessible an comprehensible manner. My only complaint would be that when directly quoting sources mid sentence in the language of the source a little translation could have been provided to clue the reader not versed in French or German some context. Reading this on a Kindle with the ability to highlight and translate helped, except those times when reading ...more
When someone speaks in hyperbole about someone you know there really isn’t that much there, hence: the volume.
He exchanged notes with Voltaire; wrote some great music for the flute; reformed the idea of common law; backed some truly astounding art work; and was smart in the ways of war.
And this from a guy who was tossed in a dungeon by his father as a young man for his smart mouth...and found it a great occasion to think. In ...more
Unfortunately, the Kindle version is riddled with typos of the OCR kind: "he" for "be", and vice versa, "hut" for "but", "zo,000" for "20,000".