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Napoleon and His Marshals

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  51 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
At a time when military commanders in Europe were royal princes and dukes, Napoleon's marshals were often the sons of peasants or clerks. And they were usually half the age of their opponents—whom they thrashed soundly with almost monotonous regularity. This is the story of Ney, Murat, Soult, Davout, Bernadotte, Massena, Lannes, Marmont, and Augereau. It took, for instance ...more
Paperback, 325 pages
Published November 1st 1996 by Prion (first published January 1st 1934)
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'Aussie Rick'
Sep 30, 2012 'Aussie Rick' rated it it was amazing
I recently finished reading a 1934 hardback edition of A.G. MacDonell's Napoleon and his Marshals. Bearing in mind that this book was first published over 70 years ago I found it immensely enjoyable. It does not offer a detailed account of Napoleon's great battles nor in-depth detail of movements, strategy & tactics but offers an interesting insight into the men Napoleon created as Marshals during his reign over the battlefields of Europe.

I would have liked to have read more of the battles
Bryan Slater
Jun 20, 2016 Bryan Slater rated it it was amazing
A favourite - first read my Dad's copy when a schoolboy. The sort of stuff that woukld really engage a teenage boy: the rise and rise of a very young military officer to become the dictator of europe. And the bunch of officers he promoted to be the 'Marechals' of his empre. Now, looking back (a long long way) I can see it is a bitter-sweet story - the continual striving for 'one final victory' that in the end lead to Russia, and so to the abdications, Waterloo and exile. Not many of the marshals ...more
Simon Binning
Jan 07, 2016 Simon Binning rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am always wary of reading old history books; new information appears all the time, interpretations change, and old writing styles can be difficult. This book is a delightful exception. Originally published in 1934, it is written in a very light way, and is never stuffy or dry; indeed at times it is almost gossipy, sometimes very funny.
It does exactly what the title suggests; rather than rehashing a biography of Napoleon, it looks at the lives of his marshals, his relationship with them, and, p
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Oct 18, 2008 Dergrossest rated it liked it
A good, brief review of the most famous of Napoleon's generals. The excellent Davout, the flamboyant Murat, the brave Lannes, the doltish Ney, the annoying Bernadotte and many others all get their 15 minutes of new fame here. A good place to start if you are interested in the Napoleonic wars.
Vikas Datta
Sep 11, 2015 Vikas Datta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful account of the lives and careers of a disparate but gifted band of men that made Europe quake..
Jansen Wee
Aug 03, 2011 Jansen Wee rated it really liked it
A wonderfully readable piece of historical work!
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