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The Military Maxims Of Napoleon

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The bestselling historian of Napoleon and his legacy examines Napoleon's ideas as they apply to modern warfare and conflict--and shows how right he continues to be. Includes Napoleon's many thoughts about tactics, strategies, leadership, and empire building.
Published December 1st 1988 by MacMillan Publishing Company
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Aug 23, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aforismi
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
Jan 06, 2012 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.
Rosa Ramôa
Jan 06, 2016 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)
Jul 02, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, trivia
Not actually by Napoleon. Selected from his writings. I didn't know that and was somewhat disappointed. Still a good read.
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
Mar 31, 2016 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.
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.
Crispin Burke
Yawn, okay.
Dave/Maggie Bean
Jun 10, 2011 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.
Dec 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: napoleonic
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.
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-new-library
Very good most of his maxims have stood the test of time the few which havent have technical reasons he could not have forseen.
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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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