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    The Civil War: A Narrative (3 Vol. Set)
    by Shelby Foote
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 December, 1986)
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    Editorial Review

    This beautifully written trilogy of books on the American Civil War is not only a piece of first-rate history, but also a marvelous work of literature. Shelby Foote brings a skilled novelist's narrative power to this great epic. Many know Foote for his prominent role as a commentator on Ken Burns's PBS series about the Civil War. These three books, however, are his legacy. His southern sympathies are apparent: the first volume opens by introducing Confederate President Jefferson Davis, rather than Abraham Lincoln. But they hardly get in the way of the great story Foote tells. This hefty three volume set should be on the bookshelf of any Civil War buff. --John Miller ... Read more

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    Shelby Foote's trilogy of the American Civil War has been called America's Iliad and Odyssey, and in some ways it is an apt comparison.

    The Trojan War certainly held a comparable place for ancient Greeks as America's Civil War holds for contemporary Americans. I've always wondered why this should be so.

    I think there are several major reasons. First, the anvil of the Civil War is where America's rise to world power is hammered out. Lincoln, in the long-term view, is less the Patriarch who frees slaves than he is the successful Corporate Lawyer who forges the nation into a feared industrial and military power. The Civil War is revolutionary for America's status, just as the Great War marked the beginning of the decline for Great Britain.

    Second, in a country that has never really quite experienced the horrors of war in the modern era (American deaths for example in World War Two were a little more than half of one-percent of the fifty million lives total, and losses in the First War were almost insignificant out of total losses), the Civil War stands as America's time of great sacrifice and bloodshed.

    There is also the myth and color around the nature of the Old South, stuff about gentlemen, honor, and manliness. Southerners certainly accepted this dreamy view, at least the small number with money, while the other dirt-poor farmers were bound to them through dread of Blacks and the feared effects of slavery's end. Northerners, too, came to accept the colorful myths, and many still do. Southern culture of course was based on slavery, and it was a brutal culture in many aspects, but America has never really come to grips with slavery in its history, and the myths are appealing.

    Mr. Foote collected some wonderful, colorful anecdotes aboutthe daring deeds or marvelous escapes of leading characters in his long narrative. The telling of these tales does remind one of Homer's various intense scenes with leading characters preparing for or engaging in combat. These come like delightful arias in a long opera.

    Certainly, Mr. Foote has captured the great panorama of the Civil War, at least in its military aspects. Some might think the three-thousand pages of narrative a bit excessive, but fans of the Civil War and those who like a good yarn that lasts and lasts will greatly enjoy the books.

    Comparisons with Homer may be taken too far. Homer was a poet. Shelby Foote's prose are sturdy and workman-like.

    Mr. Foote does not deal with all political, social, and economic dimensions of the Civil War, but then that isn't his job, just as it wasn't Homer's.

    This raises a possible philosophical criticism of the work. To a certain extent, with the work's color and sweep and bold deeds, Mr. Foote could be charged somewhat with helping to perpetuate the myths of the Old South, but this is not a point I would want to insist on because those who want to fully understand the Civil War must read other books. This one does just what it sets out to do.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must read for anyone interested in the Civil War
    The author brings in so many details, but puts these details very effectively together to keep the story moving along.The author uses a language which seems natural to the age and writes of the personalities with genuine admiration and affection as if they had been to dinner with him on Sunday.

    Shelby Foote's interesting writing style of an interesting yet tragic event in our history is a remarkable accomplishment.Every American should have these books as part of their home library.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The most complete work ever on the War
    Shelby Foote's classic multi-volume history of the War Between the States will always stand as THE must-read. Foote gives a balanced and fair account of the heroics and failings of both sides and a vivid account of each battle that makes the reader feel part of the action. Sure to stand the test of time, Foote's works are as invaluable to history and students of the war as the Official Records and the many officer's memoirs. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0394749138
    Subjects:  1. 1861-1865, Civil War    2. Civil War, 1861-1865    3. History    4. History - Military / War    5. History: American    6. United States    7. United States - Civil War   


    Swords Around a Throne: Napoleon's Grande Armee
    by John R. Elting, John Robert Elting
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 March, 1997)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars If you read one book on Napoleon this must be it!
    'One quick blow and the wars over'with these words Napoleon led his army from the banks of the English Channel towards Austria, towards a small town named Austerlitz.

    This book is quite simply the best and more detailed thorough account of Napoleon and his grand army.It details such notables as General Ney, who fought Wellington in Spain and was latter suspected of treason by Napoleon.It details the invasion the russia, the 'napoleon at bay' campaigns of 1814 and the final showdown at waterloo.Great biogrpaical sketches are made of all Napoleons commanders and their various campaigns.Simply an excellent lucid account.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Swords Around the Throne =Words on WAr Well Done
    Jophn Elting is an expert on Napoleonic military history. In this very detailed examination of the Grand Armee of Napoleon the reader will learn "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about the Grand Armee!".
    I recommend this excellent work along with David Chandler's
    massive The Campaigns of Napoleon for the reader who wants to study the Napoleonic era through the lens of two of today's
    most perceptive students of military history.
    This book is the mede vecum for the budding Napoleonic scholar.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A valuable resource.
    Swords Around a Throne covers the organization and operations of one of the world's greatest armies. It is very detailed and fills a gap that many other Napoleonic era books leave open. The many elements of Napoleon's Grande Armee are thoroughly examined, including the cavalry, artillery, line infantry, light infantry, naval soldiers, engineers and the commanders. If you are looking for an in-depth account of the elements of the Grande Armee, this book is for you. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0306807572
    Sales Rank: 45901
    Subjects:  1. 1789-1815    2. Armee    3. Armâee.    4. Europe - France    5. France    6. France.    7. Grande Armee    8. Grande Armâee    9. History    10. History - Military / War    11. History, Military    12. History: World    13. Military - Napoleonic Wars    14. Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815    15. Regimental histories   


    by David G. Chandler
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 March, 1973)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and readable, with only minor problems
    I approached this huge book with a certain amount of apprehension, but was pleasantly surprised at how readable and efficiently edited it was.I never felt like it was getting lost in excess detail: it's size is more a testament to the richness of the period than any wallowing digressions.

    If you want to actually figure out who moved where and how far, you may find this book frustrating without some sort of Napoleonic atlas.Chandler describes movements in a point to point fashion and rarely gives a geometric overview, so you cannot picture what's going on without a map.Unfortunately, the maps included opt for a period feel rather than clarity, making it difficult to locate small towns in a jumbled mass of calligraphic labels.Many of the maps span two pages, causing important landmarks to vanish into the thick binding.These problems are very unfortunate, as Chandler's writing has a flowing momentum that is thoroughly spoiled by flipping back and forth between map and text every 3 sentences or so.

    Another minor problem is that battles are described almost entirely from Napoleon's point of view, with only a cursory presentation of initial enemy intentions.Thus, his opponents seem to move, appear and disappear with little coherence, and the constant shifts in assumptions, temperment, and situation that drove the decisions of his enemies are rarely revealed.

    As a novice, I cannot comment on the accuracy of the book, but from reading other reviews I would warn against using this book to pass judgment on who was right or who was wrong.The ideological controversy over Napoleon clearly stirred up ferocious sentiments that made most source material from the period hopelessly opinionated and even deliberately distorted.It would be impossible, if not dishonest, for Chandler to reflect the unstable nature of this information without some moral and factual ambiguity, and he only rarely lets us in on the frustrations he must have experienced trying to assemble this mass of inflamed data into some sort of coherent narrative.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent work!
    Dr. David G. Chandler's "The Campaigns of Napoleon" has been in print for over thirty years. There must be some reason why it has remained so important and popular. In simple terms it is a masterpiece. In fact it has on numerous occasions been recognized as one of the most important books on Napoleon throughout modern times. It has of late been recognized by le Général de Gaulle in 1967 and later in 2002 by President Vladimir Putin.

    David, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society of London and "the doyen of modern Napoleonic historians", is the former Head of the Department of War Studies at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. He is also the author of numerous other books including: Napoleon, Napoleon's Marshals and Dictionary of the Napoleonic Wars.

    Each of the aforementioned works will be reviewed in time. However, this in-depth review is concerned primarily with the exceptional and scientific achievement of Dr. Chandler's The Campaigns of Napoleon.

    The work is extensive and covers over 1216 pages and weighs nearly 4 pounds. The text, however, is not fluff but is full of the most scholarly data found on the 60 battles of Napoleon's Campaigns. The book, although large is extremely readable and possesses a clarity of presentation and understanding. David attempted in this extensive work to cover with great detail every aspect of Napoleon's military career. Alas at times the work is a little dry but never boring. The text easily carries the reader from page to page and chapter to chapter. The work never missed its mark.

    According to the Editorial Reviews "Napoleonic war was nothing if not complex -- an ever-shifting kaleidoscope of moves and intentions, which by themselves went a long way towards baffling and dazing his conventionally-minded opponents into that state of disconcerting moral disequilibrium which so often resulted in their catastrophic defeat."

    David seems to paint a vivid historical picture which brings the reader closer with each page to the thoughts, feeling and decisions of Napoleon. An extensive analysis of the campaigns aids the reader in clarifying Napoleon's military intelligence and war strategies.

    Some reviewers state that due to Chandlers' British rearing he was bias and always against the decisions of Napoleon and Napoleon the man. However, I believe that the author saw Napoleon as one of the most important men in military history. I see the book as a well balanced thesis on the various textures and colours of Napoleon the man and the varied aspects of the Napoleonic war. It is certainly not bias.

    "The book opens with a brief account of Bonaparte's early years, his military education and formative experiences, and his meteoric rise to the rank of general in the army of the Directory. Introducing the elements of Napoleonic "grand tactics" as they developed in his Italian, Egyptian, and Syrian campaigns, Mr. Chandler shows how these principles were clearly conceived as early as the Battle of Castiglione, when Napoleon was only twenty -six. Several campaigns later, he was Emperor of France, busily constructing the Grande Armée."

    A Military History and Atlas of the Napoleonic Wars by Brigadier General Esposito and Colonel Elting, although in some ways a more descriptive work on Napoleon's military campaigns, merely assists in filling in any gaps which Dr. Chandler may have missed. It is NOT better, just different. Neither book, regardless of its size is a true definitive work on the campaigns. Smaller works, containing only one campaign, although providing greater individual campaign insight do not possess the broad balance and military contrast needed to gain any true awareness of the military achievements of Napoleon.

    The book is an excellent reference tool and should be on the bookshelf of any Napoleonic historian. However I also, like Kevin F. Kiley, noted the questionable references used including: "Jomini's work, Liddell Hart's dubious tomes, Marmont's and MacDonald's memoirs, and the dubious memoirs of Bourrienne, which are mendacious and quite worthless, as well as Thiebault's inaccurate ghost written memoirs"

    I fear, however, to give this books a bad review shows ignorance of the topic, a poor reading of the text or a total lack of interest in Napoleon. As Gerald Tamura stated in his review, "Most who do will not need to buy another book that covers Napoleon's entire military career. They can spend their hard earned money buying books on Napoleon's individual campaigns, battles, personalities and naval warfare."

    Dr. Carl Edwin Lindgren, DEd
    Prof of Military History
    Member of the Royal Historical Society & Fellow of the International Napoleonic Society

    5-0 out of 5 stars There is Nothing Better
    Chandler's work is outstanding in everyway: readability, clarity of presentation, depth of understanding, and the ability to cogently offer it all up to the reader. This book is not for beginners, certainly, for it assumes a basic level of understanding of the Napoleonic era, geography, army organizations, and so forth. However, if you want to reading the single definitive study of Napoleon and his military achievements, this is the volume to own. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0025236601
    Sales Rank: 112654
    Subjects:  1. 1769-1821    2. 1789-1815    3. Emperor of the French,    4. Europe    5. Europe - France    6. France    7. History    8. History - General History    9. History, Military    10. History: World    11. Military - Napoleonic Wars    12. Military leadership    13. Napoleon    14. Napolâeon    15. History / General   


    A Military History and Atlas of the Napoleonic Wars
    by Vincent J. Esposito, John Elting
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 July, 1999)
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    2-0 out of 5 stars Good maps and absolutely partisan account
    I agree with the other reviewers on the excellence of the maps and the thorough knowledge of the authors. However, I am amazed that nobody seems to notice the absolutely partial view of the facts that is obvious in every page of this book. Say general A advances his infantry and dislodges general B from his position. First possibility: 'The regiments of A were roughly handled by the division of B. Later B decided to retreat to a better position, which he did in a perfect order'. Possibility two: 'The regiments of A advanced in an irresistible charge, sweeping the troops of B from the field'. The difference? in the first case, A is an Austrian, Russian or Prussian general, while B is French. Of course, the opposite happens in the second case. After the tremendous defeat of Leipzig, the authors manage to return Napoleon to France a victor, because he dispersed the small army of Wrede when retiring. The tactics of the Allies are systematically presented as blundering and incoherent, while Napoleon, even at his worst moments, can do no wrong. When reading the campaign of France it seems miraculous that Napoleon was defeated, after what seems an interrupted series of victories. The allies tactic of exhausting Napoleon by a series of forced marches from one enemy to the other is never mentioned: the final reason of his defeat, of course, is Marmont's treason. After all, Napoleon said so himself. The final straw in the sorrow of the authors after Waterloo is that the French people soon lamented not to have resisted more. This is a pure invention. Surely the authors deserve the Legion d'Honneur from their efforts.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Must have book in any Napoleonic library
    Probably one of the easiest to read books on Napoleonic campaigns, its also one of the easiest to understand the campaigns as well. Unlike one of the earlier reviewers, I don't think this book is superior to David Chandler's Campaigns of Napoleon which is still the standard work but this book might proves to be a great supplement. John Elting's writing flow very nicely and he says a lot in a limited space. His opinions are always reflective of the true measure of the situation and he make difficult scenes easy. This book must be a standard issue in anyone's Napoleonic library.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Essential Core of any military library
    This is quite simply one of the basics...if you don't have this in your library of Military History or Napoleonic History then your library will be judged accordingly... ... Read more

    Isbn: 1853673463
    Sales Rank: 370048
    Subjects:  1. Atlases - Historical    2. History    3. History - Military / War    4. Military    5. Military - General    6. Military - Napoleonic Wars    7. Military - Strategy    8. Military History - Modern    9. Reference    10. Maps    11. Military leadership    12. Napoleon   

    American Heritage New History of the Civil War, The
    by BruceCatton
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 October, 1996)
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    Ask Civil War diehards when they first fell in love with the War Between the States and there's a good chance you'll hear about one of the early editions of this book, which was originally published on the war's centennial. Thoroughly updated by the remarkable James M. McPherson to take advantage of the latest scholarship, this classic retains all of the wonderful features Bruce Catton originally included. And then there are the pictures--they are some of the most striking battlefield visuals available. The American Heritage New History of the Civil War makes a great gift for young people interested (or potentially interested) in history, or good reading for folks who want an overview of how the North and South fought across five Aprils. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Could have been better
    I stand to inherit the original, two-volume, slipcase edition of this historical overview, so I can console myself that there won't be a daunting search on Ebay or elsewhere for this must-have in years to come. As it is, the summary by Bruce Catton is concise and engaging - a perfect entré to his full-length books on the Civil War.

    My gripe with this revised edition is the overall quality of the press: the pages aren't as glossy and weighty as the original, and worse, the photos look poor by comparison. Trust me, the choice of paper matters! Otherwise, it's still a good recommendation for anyone looking for an absorbing yet accessible history of the traumatic period when America tested its democracy in blood and fire.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Illustrations Overwhelm Text
    This is a beautiful, lavishly illustrated history of the civil war. Unfortunately, the illustrations overwhelm the text.Readers interested ina solid account of the Civil War would be better off turning to a text-onlybook such as James M. McPherson's Battle Cry of Freedom.

    This book bearscomparison with another recent heavily illustrated one-volume overview ofthe civil war, Geoffrey C. Ward's The Civil War (companion to the PBSdocumentary).This book has more striking illustrations, in that they arein full-blown vivid color, whereas many in Ward's are in sepia or black andwhite.Ward's, though, has much better maps.It is frustrating that inthis book it is not always clear exactly where battles occurred, because ofthe lack of maps.On the other hand, this book is better written thanWard's.

    This book is useful as an adjunct to other accounts of the civilwar, but if you are interested in reading only one general book about thewar, this is not the one.

    5-0 out of 5 stars a superb one volume history!
    Written by the most renowned author on the Civil War namely Bruce Catton and edited by pulitzer prize winning author Prof. McPherson, there was no doubting that the written portion of this historical treatment of the ACWwould be excellent. However the graphical component is just as stunningwith superb photographs, paintings and sketchings. If you're interested ina one all encompassing volume on the ACW then this is it. Unfortunately Idid not receive the promised CD with the order but of course one cannotfault the book for that. Of course it is nowhere as detailed as ShelbyFoote's three volume (3000 page) treatment of the subject but then againFoote's work is a narrative and doesn't include pictures. The best bet isto get them both.....you won't regret it! ... Read more

    Isbn: 0670868043
    Subjects:  1. 1861-1865, Civil War    2. Civil War, 1861-1865    3. History    4. History - Military / War    5. History: American    6. Military - General    7. Sources    8. U.S. History - Civil War And Reconstruction (1860-1877)    9. United States    10. United States - Civil War    11. American history: c 1800 to c 1900    12. Civil war    13. History / General    14. USA    15. c 1800 to c 1900   

    The Killer Angels
    by Michael Shaara
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (12 August, 1987)
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    This novel reveals more about the Battle of Gettysburg than any piece of learned nonfiction on the same subject. Michael Shaara's account of the three most important days of the Civil War features deft characterizations of all of the main actors, including Lee, Longstreet, Pickett, Buford, and Hancock. The most inspiring figure in the book, however, is Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, whose 20th Maine regiment of volunteers held the Union's left flank on the second day of the battle. This unit's bravery at Little Round Top helped turned the tide of the war against the rebels. There are also plenty of maps, which convey a complete sense of what happened July 1-3, 1863. Reading about the past is rarely so much fun as on these pages. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars This book changed my life
    It has taken me nearly a year to write this review because the urge to gush spasmodically was so strong, I figured I'd better wait out the urge until I could deliver something a little more constructive by way of a review. ( Also, I was afraid that I didn't have enough superlatives in my vocabulary.)This is one of maybe a dozen books in my 50+ life that I can say truly CHANGED my life.I grew up in the Western US where the Civil War was just a passing reference in Jr. High history classes, the cause for which was attributed completely to a fight against slavery, and nearly 20 years on the East Coast wasn't enough to bring it to my notice.That all changed with this book.

    So what is it about this book that endures so strongly more than 30 years on and accomplishes what so many have attempted and failed? I think there are two very specific things: 1) it humanizes the war and gives us a clear look at the personalities who drove both sides of the war, and 2) without seeming agenda, it crystallizes the critical successes and, more important, failings of both sides.I'm sure that early on, Mr. Shaara was faced with the question of whether to write a novel or a non-fiction book about the war and, through exhaustive research through the correspondence and journals of the participants, he wove a novel that reads like a historic record.

    I think it was a stroke of brilliance to focus solely on the Battle of Gettysburg with just enough background to accurately frame the battle in the context of the war.It was arguable the turning point in the war and, with a finer focus on the way in which the 20th Maine Infantry under Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain defended and held Little Round Top against overwhelming Confederate forces, we can even identify the exact point at which that turning took place.

    There isn't enough time or space to enumerate the things I didn't know (and still don't!) prior to reading this book, but let me expose my ignorance name a few:

    1.I didn't know that the British were such a strong presence in the Confederate camps.Nor did I know that the intent of the Confederates was to set up a stratified society based somewhat on the British nobility system.
    2.I didn't know that the U.S. Marines, under command of then-Colonel Robert E. Lee took back the federal armory and arsenal from John Brown at Harpers Ferry just prior to the beginning of the war.
    3.I didn't know that Lee was first offered command of the Union army!
    4.I didn't realize that many of the officers on both sides had attended West Point together, were devoted friends, and had fought side-by-side in the Mexican War just prior to the American Civil War.
    5.I didn't realize that leadership of the Union Army was a revolving door and that, for most of the war, it was run by bureaucrats out of Washington, D.C.
    6.And the list goes on and on...

    I'm now a Civil War junkie and happily searching for more and more resources.I don't think I'm allowed to include an URL in my review, but it is important to know that the Library of Congress has just scanned nearly all of its Civil War-era maps and they are available electronically on its website.

    A caution for others who have embraced the study of the Civil War based on "Killer Angels".Michael Shaara died 1988 and did not repeat the amazing accomplishment of this book.His son, Jeff, has undertaken books that lead up to Gettysburg ("Gods and Generals") and after Gettysburg ("The Last Full Measure") and, although I think they are probably well-researched, his narrative doesn't hold up to that of his father.So when you read "Killer Angels", you are reading a standalone masterpiece.

    5-0 out of 5 stars It's the humanity in this that I loved
    These reviews are pretty much a love in here for Mr. Shaara. I'm not going to buck that trend in the slightest. This is a wonderful novel of war and a touching look at the humanity of those who nonetheless orchestrate so much death. Three things really struck me about this book.

    First, it's absolutely not dated in the slightest. It feels as fresh and accessible as if it had been written yesterday, just as beautiful, graphic, brutal. It's easy to see why they made a movie of this one.

    Second, the battle scenes are so vividly rendered. I read them at the edge of my seat, awed and horrified by the violence and yet not able to turn away until resting after each day's battle.

    Third, I really appreciated how much the novel got inside the major characters. I don't care at all if the author humanizes some of them too generously, gives them dead children or old friends to ruminate about. All the main characters have such baggage with them, and all look with sad eyes on the carnage they're about to inflict on their men. It's powerful stuff, brilliantly written. I recommend it to everyone.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Shaara shines in the end
    The first two-thirds of the book were somewhat of a chore to get through - my initial reaction (to a marketing blurb) was: no way this is better than Stephen Crane's Red Badge of Courage! Why? Well, Shaara spends the first two days shifting troops around, having protagonists yakking about pretty mundane things, doing pretty everyday things like drinking coffee... there were too many characters (various generals, colonels, officers of both sides) without sufficient depth or emotional connection to each. The prose was also not outstanding.

    However, once we got to the battle on the third day, it's as if we have a different book. The prose suddenly shone with the poignancy, the cannon sounds, the emotions, the confusion, the pathos of the battlefield. Chapter after chapter, Shaara's pen delivers the most engaging battle scene - not just the mechanics of it, but the emotional and psychological aspect of it - I've read... we connect with Longstreet, Chamberlain, Lee (though like Longstreet, it's hard to forgive him too)... and yes, I now concede defeat to the marketing blurb - Killer Angels is in the end (literally), better than Red Badge of Courage.

    On that basis (can't comment, don't know enough about, civil war history), it's a five-star. But be ready for a slow trek through the first two days as Shaara sets the stage for the finest battlefield climax yet. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0345348109
    Subjects:  1. Civil War, 1861-1865    2. Fiction    3. Fiction - Historical    4. Gettysburg (Pa.), Battle of, 1863    5. Historical - General    6. History    7. Literary    8. United States    9. War & Military    10. Fiction / Literary   


    LA Grande Armee
    by Georges Blond, Marshall May
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 September, 1997)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A superb tour de force
    Blonde has written a superb tour de force in a style which makes one think you are reading a novel and transports you to the battlefields of the Napoleonic Wars. One learns a plenty of the lot of the common soldier and meets characters such as Murat, Ney and other lesser knowns. All in all a brilliant history without the boring prose of some better known history books!

    5-0 out of 5 stars An outstanding narrative of the Napoleonic era.
    Georges Blond takes the reader with Napoleon and his men as they marchfrom Boulogne to Waterloo with a completeness that one would expect from anautobiography.The book describes the day-to-day life and death in thearmy of the Emperor with all the detail of a conversation with a grizzledveteran at a Parisian café.Mr. Blond provides character sketches of someof the leading historical figures of the time that illustrate motive,desire and fault.His descriptions of the Peninsular War and the retreatfrom Moscow vividly illustrate the suffering and horrors of war in theNapoleonic era. The author's in depth treatment of the medical services ismost enlightening, describing the frightful lot of the wounded in gorydetail. The reader cannot avoid having an increased respect for thephysicians Rene Desgenettes and Jean Larrey. Touching on the political,personal and military histories of the period, the book provides the readerwith a unique vantage point from which they may view battles likeAusterlitz and Waterloo in a new light. The descriptions of the campaignsand battles avoid tactical details while providing sweeping descriptionsthat answer many of the how's and why's of the conflicts events.With thechronology, maps and statistics included in the appendixes, this book willbecome a valued addition to the library of any student of the Napoleonicera.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good
    I found this book very provocative. The anecdotal comments throughout the book, personal accounts on each campaign and method which the author introduces character sketches as the applicable historical figures come into context were refreshing and enlightening.Despite references to Maps in the appendixes of the book, I found the author's description of tactics and battle movements to be somewhat confusing at times.I was a little disappointed with the amount of attention given to the last years of Napoleon the 1st's reign. All in all, a good, enjoyable read.DPS ... Read more

    Isbn: 1854094114
    Sales Rank: 922596
    Subjects:  1. Europe - France    2. History - Military / War    3. History: American    4. Military - General    5. Military - Napoleonic Wars    6. Military - Other   

    The Anatomy of Glory: Napoleon and His Guard : A Study in Leadership
    by Henry Lachouque, Anne S. K. Brown, John R. Elting
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 February, 1997)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars a work of unquestionable quality
    The glory of the Imperial Guard resounds above all others in the annals of war. Created, built and nurtured as a bodyguard for Napoleon, it grew from a brigade of fewer than two thousand men into a virtual army, and became 'a human fortress which no one but [Napoleon] could dominate and no enemy could penetrate'. And, on such battlefields as Austerlitz, Jena, Friedland, Wagram and Waterloo, it won the laurels of undying fame.Written by France's foremost historian of the Napoleonic Wars, Commandant Henry Lachouque, and translated and adapted by Anne S. K. Brown, this sumptuous work is enhanced by over 180 illustrations, including 86 plates in full colour.This new printing from the second, revised edition of Lachouque's masterwork will be especially welcomed by students of Napoleonic history. The plates alone are uniquely valuable as a source of uniform colours and style, and the text provides the definitive history of an elite body of men. With its vivid narrative and lavish illustrations, The Anatomy of Glory can lay justifiable claim to be one of the most magnificent books on military history ever published. The critical acclaim that greeted it upon its first publication provides ample testimony to its reputation. The Anatomy of Glory is both informative and entertaining: a work of unquestionable quality - termed a masterpiece by Elting - and a monumental contribution to Napoleonic literature.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Napoleon and His Guard the Mother of All References
    I concur with the supportive opinions expressed here that this book, The Anatomy of Glory by Commandant LaChouque, et al, is the ultimate reference material for serious students of the History of the Imperial Guard.

    I first came upon this wonderful book as a Senior at the University of Minnesota in 1984.My senior thesis was a study of Anglo-French Diplomacy during the Napoleonic period, and I find this book to be a wonderful source of information, not only information concerning the History of the Guard, but also more generalized history of the period itself.

    This book, as stated, has a fabulous collection of artwork from the Anne Brown Collection at Brown U., and also does a wonderful job getting down to the nitty gritty concerning the Marshals, the Campaigns, the Politics of the Period, etc.Commandant LaChouque leaves no stone unturned in this hugely successful documentary on the Era.

    The fact that this book centers the majority of its attention on Napoleon's Guard specifically is especially attractive to me since even now with the advent of the Internet it's still a bit of a tooth pull to get so complete an analysis of the history of one of the most courageous, loyal and dedicated organizations of professional soldiers the world has ever seen...La Garde Imperiale!These hardcore heroes richly deserve to be remembered, and this book does their memory ultimate honor.

    The day I lost my original copy of this book was a sad one, and I'm very pleased I have now had, thanks to Amazon.Com, the opportunity to get a replacement.I most highly recommend this book for any gung-ho student of Napoleonic History...Vive L'Empereur!

    5-0 out of 5 stars La Garde A Feu!
    I first saw this book and read it in high school.Since then, it has been an indispensable part of my Napoleonic library.It is full of information unobtainable eslewhere in English.The superb illustrations, from the AnneS.K. Brown Collection at Brown University, greatly enhance thepresentation, Mrs Brown also being the translator.The book traces theGuard from its inception during the Revolution, its emergence as the Guardof the Consuls, and into its final evolution in 1804 as the Imperial Guard. The personalities who populate it are a truly talented and colorful group,from Pere Roguet, to Napoleon himself.The book almost appears as apersonal narrative of the author, Commandant Lachouque, and while he hasbeen accused of being somewhat biased, his references used for the bookitself are impeccable.That the book has already stood the test of time isa virtue in itself.The new Introduction to the latest edition is by ColJohn Elting the noted suthority on the Napoleonic period, and newinformation on the Guard was discovered by him for this introduction.Itnot only enhances the Guard's formidable combat reputation, but the bookitself.This book is a must for every Napoleonic enthusiast. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1853672645
    Sales Rank: 111404
    Subjects:  1. 1769-1821    2. Armâee.    3. Emperor of the French,    4. Europe - France    5. France    6. France.    7. Garde impâeriale    8. History    9. History - Military / War    10. History: World    11. Military - Napoleonic Wars    12. Military History - Modern    13. Military Science    14. Military leadership    15. Napoleon    16. Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815    17. Regimental histories    18. Technology   


    Napoleon's Marshals
    by David C. Chandler
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 April, 1987)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars An necessary item for the Napoleonic collection!
    Chandler and the various authors have compiled a compelling collection of the biographies of the 26 Marshals of the Empire. These were Napoleon's lieutenants and a greater variety of men one will never find. From the brilliant Davout, Suchet and Lannes to the brave Ney and Oudinot to the loathsome Bernadotte and pillaging Massena. All great men in their own way and certainly worth reading about. A book well worth adding to the collection. Amazon's site says the hardcover is out of print yet I have seen a new softcover version making its appearance. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0029059305
    Sales Rank: 156063
    Subjects:  1. 1769-1821    2. Biography    3. Biography/Autobiography    4. Emperor of the French,    5. France    6. History - Military / War    7. Marshals    8. Military - General    9. Military - Napoleonic Wars    10. Military History (General)    11. Napoleon    12. Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815    13. Relations with marshals   

    Don Troiani's Civil War
    by Don Troiani, Brian C. Pohanka
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 September, 1995)
    list price: $49.95 -- our price: $31.47
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    Editorial Review

    Although he has been painting the War Between the States since 1980, Don Troiani's Civil War is the first book to collect this historical artist's work in one volume.Troiani is at his best in the battle paintings--his attention to detail and insistence on historical accuracy help him capture the valor and confusion of combat--but the book includes more bucolic depictions of camp life, as well.Brian Pohanka's accompanying text illuminates the stories behind the paintings. For example, he describes a famous episode from Second Manassas where Confederate soldiers ran out of bullets during a Union assault; the beleaguered Rebels resorted to throwing rocks at the Union lines. Troiani captures this desperate action magnificently. Because the narrative focuses on these small stories, it sometimes misses the big picture; so while the text and paintings are presented in chronological order from 1861 to 1865, it makes for only a so-so recounting of the war overall. But this is not a book you read so much as experience. --Thomas Prowell ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Troiani's best!
    This book is a gem!, if you love paintings like Meissonier, Detaille etc depicting battle scenes... Well, no one does it better. Indispensable for ACW fans, reenactors or wargamers.
    (Will have rated it six stars if posible...).

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must-have book
    A quick glance of the customer reviews tells one that this book is something special.Page after page of astounding paintings complemented by capable text.The detail of Don Troiani's artwork is such that you can literally spend hours examining them, and if you let others look at the book you can grow impatient trying to get it back!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A classic in Civil War Literature
    This Book is not only regiments history and a lott of beautiful accurate illustrated uniforms, is history alive. The only thing this book lack off is sound but thanks to the hands of Don Troiani the paintings are so full of live you can hear it in the back of your mind. Art by Don Troiani, text by Brian C. Pohanka. This book presents in a beautiful landscape format his unique view of the war and the men who fought it. Each painting is accompanied by an extensive background text by noted historian Brian Pohanka The good thing about this book is that if you consider yourself a Civil War historian or reenactorss a just a fan beginning to study the civil war, you won't find the typical error of other authors, this would help you enjoy the painting one by one so you can understand better who and how was this War fought. One last thing DO NOT PUT THIS BOOK ON YOUR COFFEE TABLE people fall in love with this book so fast that they can even stole from you, believe me this is the third time I buy this book. If you enjoy this book you would love Don Troiani's Soldiers In America, 1754 - 1865. ... Read more

    Isbn: 081170341X
    Subjects:  1. Art and the war    2. Civil War, 1861-1865    3. History    4. History - Military / War    5. History: American    6. Individual Artist    7. Individual Painters - 20th Century    8. Military - General    9. Pictorial works    10. U.S. History - Civil War And Reconstruction (1860-1877)    11. United States    12. United States - Civil War   


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