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Napoleon as Military Commander

3.37  ·  Rating details ·  46 Ratings  ·  7 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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A Bald Mage** Steve
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book was a great insight into one of the best strategic minds that ever lived as we see a young Napoleon rise through the ranks to eventually become emperor of France. I was unaware of certain campaigns such his exploits in Egypt so that was interesting for me to read. The book is full of maps of certain areas where battles took place and the book goes into detail about Napoleon's tactics and how he overcome such overwhelming odds. The final couple of chapters evolve around the battle of Wa ...more
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
Aug 12, 2011 rated it liked it
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.
Jason Fernandes
Jan 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Napoleon as Military Commander, by General James Marshall-Cornwall, offers a comprehensive analysis of Napoleon’s military career and the strategies and tactics that made him the most powerful dictator of Europe since Charlemagne. But with so much more to the story of Napoleon than how he won his military battles, it will leave you wanting more.

Napoleon as Military Commander is a fascinating insight into the career of a military genius in an era before rapid technological advances would radicall
Gerry Germond
Sep 05, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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).
Oct 06, 2014 rated it liked it
This book was just OK for me. Very detailed. I enjoy more personal stories.

Struggled tthrough the bulk of it. Dry.

3 stars.
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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