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  • #76
    In no other book (maybe in Chandler...) I've found so many detailed notes on the battle, and you can read it like a novel...
    So, if you prefer, IMO the best book...it's not an objective stuff
    A ME LE GUARDIE
    "Di noi tremò la nostra vecchia gloria. Tre secoli di fede e una vittoria". Gabriele D'Annunzio

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    • #77
      Originally posted by Granatiere View Post
      In no other book (maybe in Chandler...) I've found so many detailed notes on the battle, and you can read it like a novel...
      So, if you prefer, IMO the best book...it's not an objective stuff
      Thanks for making yourself clear...
      ‘Tis said his form is tiny, yet
      All human ills he can subdue,
      Or with a bauble or medal
      Can win mans heart for you;
      And many a blessing know to stew
      To make a megloamaniac bright;
      Give honour to the dainty Corse,
      The Pixie is a little shite.

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      • #78
        I have recently finished reading The First Total War, don't remember who the author was but it was a very intresting read.
        The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving on.
        Ulysses S. Grant

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        • #79
          Originally posted by Lordofwar View Post
          I have recently finished reading The First Total War, don't remember who the author was but it was a very intresting read.
          David A. Bell is the author. I bought it recently as well. Its on my reading list for this year as well.
          General Lee These men behind you are Georgians and Virginians. They have never failed you and will not fail you here. Lee to the rear. General John B. Gordon

          May 12th 1864 In the Bloody Angle Spotsylvania C.H

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          • #80
            Hi guys, I have just started reading some literature from the Wars so have no where near as much experience as you. Here are some I have enjoyed lately though:-

            Napoleonic Source Book

            http://www.amazon.co.uk/Napoleonic-S...4732196&sr=8-1

            I bought this book many years ago but have only recently sat down to read it. It is very dry to most eyes and has alot of information to take in but I loved it. It has information on each Nation/Province/Dutchy who were involved as well as summaries on many of the main players...great start point.

            In the Legions of Napoleon

            http://www.amazon.co.uk/Legions-Napo...4732377&sr=1-1

            Personal memoirs of an officer in the elite Vistula Legion, great insight into the Peninsular War and especially the invasion of Russia all from a soldiers point of view, eye openeing stuff.

            Mark Urban - Rifles


            http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rifles-Years...4733273&sr=1-1

            Loved this, always been facinated by the 95th since growing up with Sharpe. Writes in a very simple way yet does not pull any punches when describing the daily grind of a soldier. Based heavily on primary sources too!

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            • #81
              Two books for free ( courtesy of Google books ).

              History of the War in the Peninsula and in the South of France by William Francis Patrick Napier

              1839 edition ( prefixed to which are several justificatory pieces in reply to Colonel Gurwood... ): http://books.google.com/books?id=pW4...+Peninsula&lr=
              1862 edition: http://books.google.com/books?id=T3A...+Peninsula&lr=
              1867 edition: http://books.google.com/books?id=xzY...+Peninsula&lr=


              The Waterloo Campaign, 1815 by William Siborne

              http://books.google.com/books?id=RxQ...paign+1815&lr=
              My avatar: Center of the Cross of the Légion d'honneur (Legion of Honour) of the First French Empire (Napoleonic Era), 3rd type (awarded between 1806-1808). My Légion d'honneur. :-)

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              • #82
                Posted by Stratego in 2008:
                That was such a biased book, it wasn't even funny !
                I hated it...
                The anti-Napoleonic and pro-British sentiments just drip off this book when you just hold it !!!!

                Not a great historic book !
                Herold definitely shows his anti-Napoleon bias, relying on accounts by such people as Mme De Stael, whom he idolizes. However, if you can get the full-sized book in hardcover or softcover, it is worthwhile for the many beautiful illustrations. I have the big softcover book which is apparently printed on acid-free paper. I think of it as a coffee-table picture book and pretty much ignore the text:



                The text-only edition, with few illustrations is garbage, IMO. I also like Herold's Bonaparte in Egypt. It, too is very unflattering in its portrait of Bonaparte, but I was still impressed with Bonaparte's handling of a difficult situation. Herold wanted the reader to be shocked by Bonaparte's ruthlessness. I merely found that Bonaparte was reacting to events the way he should have.

                Herold's books would never be art the top of my recommended list of Napoleonic books.

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                • #83
                  Bought

                  Napoleon: The Visionary Conqueror

                  by Eric Ledru

                  Nice quotes and excellent full colour illustrations, maps. paintings on almost every page.

                  All for €7.99!
                  http://www.irelandinhistory.blogspot.ie/

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                  • #84
                    I was wondering if anyone could help me find a book, assuming it was ever published.

                    Paul Britten Austin, author of the 3 volume book on the Russian invasion, wrote a book on the "100 days", called The Return of Napoleon, the first volume was published ending before Napoleon reached Paris.
                    It has been about 4 years and I have not seen anything about the second volume.

                    Does anyone know anything about a second volume?
                    Last edited by Cambronnne; 02 Mar 09, 11:27.
                    Avatar is General Gerard, courtesy of Zouave.

                    Churchill to Chamberlain: you had a choice between war and dishonor. You chose dishonor, and you will have war.

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                    • #85
                      Is this the one you are talking about Tom,



                      This is volume I, I have never seen a volume II or it has not been published.

                      Regards
                      James

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                      • #86
                        Originally posted by General Brock View Post
                        Is this the one you are talking about Tom,



                        This is volume I, I have never seen a volume II or it has not been published.

                        Regards
                        James
                        That is the first volume, but the second has never been published as far as I can tell.
                        This was the first book that I have ever seen that provided details of what happened before Napoleon reached Paris. I was really looking forward to the second volume. However, since it ahs now been 6 or 7 years, I am kind of doubting that it will happen.

                        I have been waiting Scott Bowden's book on the 1806 campaign as well. He did an excellent one on the Austerlitz campaign and I was looking forward to his effort on Jena.
                        Unfortunately, it seems that won't be happening either.
                        Avatar is General Gerard, courtesy of Zouave.

                        Churchill to Chamberlain: you had a choice between war and dishonor. You chose dishonor, and you will have war.

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                        • #87
                          Originally posted by Cambronnne View Post
                          I was wondering if anyone could help me find a book, assuming it was ever published.

                          Paul Britten Austin, author of the 3 volume book on the Russian invasion, wrote a book on the "100 days", called The Return of Napoleon, the first volume was published ending before Napoleon reached Paris.
                          It has been about 4 years and I have not seen anything about the second volume.

                          Does anyone know anything about a second volume?
                          Be patient, Tom. George Nafziger will finally publish his book on the 1814 campaign. It took over a decade to write it. Be patient.
                          My avatar: Center of the Cross of the Légion d'honneur (Legion of Honour) of the First French Empire (Napoleonic Era), 3rd type (awarded between 1806-1808). My Légion d'honneur. :-)

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                          • #88
                            I have just finished reading Chandlers book "The Hundred Days". It might be old ground but it was the most concise piece of Napoleonic history I have read, if only I could buy The Campaigns of Napoleon as a whole!

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                            • #89
                              There's a new novel on the Peninsular War. Alone with Glory is the first book in a new series called “Ties of Blood”.

                              Review: http://www.napoleon-series.org/revie...n/c_Youds.html

                              Author's website: http://www.bicorn.co.uk/
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                              • #90
                                Memoirs of the Duke of Rovigo: http://books.google.com/books?id=VsZ...+of+Rovigo&lr=

                                Small bios.
                                http://www.virtualarc.com/officers/savary/
                                http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Je...n%C3%A9_Savary
                                My avatar: Center of the Cross of the Légion d'honneur (Legion of Honour) of the First French Empire (Napoleonic Era), 3rd type (awarded between 1806-1808). My Légion d'honneur. :-)

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