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Napoleon as Military Commander

3.27 of 5 stars 3.27  ·  rating details  ·  37 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Tracing Napoleon's development as both a general and statesman, distinguished historian James Marshall-Cornwall brings to life the career of one of history's greatest military strategists. Focusing on the two decades during which Napoleon achieved his greatest triumphs and suffered his most heartbreaking defeats, this thoroughly researched study keenly analyzes how, like O ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 29th 2002 by Penguin Books (first published 1967)
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It is always nice when the author tells you what the main points of the book will be:

I have based this study on two hypotheses: firstly, as has been indicated above, that Napoleon was no innovator in the art or science of war; secondly, that, to quote Lord Wavell, ‘Good generals, unlike poets, are made rather than born’ (Soldiers and Soldiering). This latter theorem I have tried to prove in the first chapter, which describes Napoleon’s early upbringing and training, and particularly his self-edu
Sean Chick
This book is for neither beginners nor is it for those with a lot of background on the subject; it is for the intermediate trying to understand Bonaparte. The author does a great job of explaining some campaigns and a poor job explaining others. Overall not a bad book, but there are probably better works on the subject that have better maps. The author is more critical of Napoleon as a general than other historians, which in turn means his judgments of other generals is usually very harsh.
This book was just OK for me. Very detailed. I enjoy more personal stories.

Struggled tthrough the bulk of it. Dry.

3 stars.
Gerry Germond
Central to an understanding of Napoleon as a military commander is the ability to trace his masterly campaigns. In my opinion, the maps provided do not enable me to do this, therefore my dissatisfaction. There's gotta be better out there, especially Chandler (which is, admittedly, big).
Good intermediate account of Napoleon's military career which makes fair judgments. Let down by maps which are hit and miss.
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General Sir James Handyside Marshall-Cornwall KCB, CBE, DSO, MC was a British Army officer and linguist.
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