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    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   


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    The CAMPAIGNS OF NAPOLEON REISSUE
    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   


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    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   


    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   


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    Napoleon's Elite Cavalry: Cavalry of the Imperial Guard, 1804-1815
    by Edward Ryan, Lucien Rousselot
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 December, 1999)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Magnificent
    Not much more to say the paintings are gorgeous the large scale and quality of the paper a fitting surrounding and the text is actually interesting ( which is saying something for a uniform book ). All power to the publishers and a superb adornment to a Napoleoninc library

    5-0 out of 5 stars the Imperial Guard cavalry in all their splendor.
    This book is, perhaps, one of the most beautiful been published this past year, and is certainly one not to be missed.

    A large format of 208 pages, containing 91 plates in full colour showing the cavalry of the Imperial Guard 1804-1815, as painted by Lucien Rousselot. This is the first time that these paintings have been collated in one volume. Each plate is accompanied by an expletive text, thus adding to the importance of this publication.In a series of wonderful full color plates, this superb book conveys the glory of soldiers of a military era surpassing the splendor of any other. This beautiful book brings together for the very first time the color plates by this celebrated artist illustrating the regiments of the Imperial Guard cavalry in all their splendor.

    A magnificent book that will simply take your breath away.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Immortals
    The color plates of Lucien Rousselot in this volume jump out at you with color, panache, accuracy, and authority.Coupled with Edward Ryan's authoritative text, this book is a must for the Napoleonic authority,enthusiast, model painter, and wargamer.

    Ninety-One plates grace thepages of this volume, originally painted for Anne Brown in the 1950s andsince have been housed in the collection at Brown University that bears hername.Four Guard cavalry regiments are represented here: chasseurs aCheval, Grenadiers a Cheval, 1st Polish Light Horse Lancers, and the GuardDragoons, commonly called the Empress' Dragoons, as Josephine was theirpatroness.They are depicted in full dress, evening dress, walking outdress, gala ball dress, campaign dress, tenue de route, and in a myriad ofsituations from mucking out stables, to schooling their horses and roastinglean meat over open fires in the field to the rigors of campaign and theexhilaration and sudden death of combat.

    The author knew LucienRousselot, and it shows in his careful, informative text.The prints arein larger than usual format to convey both their accuracy and magnificence. I was privileged to see the production prints, and the book does this artjustice on a large scale.This is undoubtedly one of the best uniformbooks ever produced.If you don't own it, you are missing out on a visualtreat that is clearly unsurpassed. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1853673714
    Sales Rank: 375872
    Subjects:  1. Cavalry    2. History    3. History - Military / War    4. History: World    5. Military - General    6. Military - Napoleonic Wars    7. Military - Uniforms    8. Military History - Modern    9. Military Science   


    Napoleonic Uniforms
    by John Elting
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (20 April, 2000)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars NAPOLEONIC UNIFORMS Vol III & IV
    These are the long awaited follow-up of Vol I & II. They cover extensively the little known Confederation of the Rhine, The French Allies, and the foes of Napoleon. The one disappointment was the lack of (only two)plates covering the Ottoman Turks. It is a must have for anyone that paintsfigures from the Napoleonic era.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Superb Encore
    Once again Napoleonic authority John Elting has given us a superb reference work on the period that is useful for uniformologists, historians, and those who collect and paint military miniatures.Thecompanion volumes to Napoleonic Uniforms Volumes I and II which werepublished in 1993, these two new lavishly illustrated books with over 600watercolors by Herbert Knotel, are undoubtedly the best source forNapoleonic Uniforms in print today.The Confederation of the Rhine,Holland, The Grand Duchy of Warsaw, as well as Great Britain, Austria,Russia, Prussia, and a plethora of minor states are represented here with aclear and concise annortation by Col Elting that not only brings thepictures to life, but gives expert commentary on both the uniforms and thetroops and their units.This set is a must for every historical bookshelf,whether or not you are a Napoleonic buff or not.

    5-0 out of 5 stars As if you were on the battlefields
    More than an exhaustive review of the Napoleonic uniforms, this book is a real piece of art as well as a true and accurate reference regarding this European war period. A "chef d'oeuvre" as significant as Elting'sformer work "Napoleonic Uniforms". This book will be useful notonly for uniformologists, historians or toy soldiers' collectors but alsofor anyone interested in Napoleon's military history. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1883476208
    Sales Rank: 578866
    Subjects:  1. General    2. History    3. History - General History    4. History: World    5. Modern - 19th Century   


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    Napoleon: An Intimate Account of the Years of Supremacy : 1800-1814
    by Claude-Francois Meneval, Proctor Jones, Charles Otto Zieseniss, Louis Constant Memoires De Constant, Premier Valet De Chambre Wairy, Proctor Patterson Jones
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 October, 1992)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Pure Delight
    Here is a book that I have been looking for for some time, a book that incorporates the magnificent artwork of the Napoleonic period along with a detailed profile of Napoleon. The result is magic and a pure delight to the eye. Proctor Jones has done a splendid job at merging the two memoirs of Menval (Napoleon's secretary) and Constant (Napoleon's valet) to provide a detailed and intimate account account of Napoleon. This is not a book that details Napoleon's battles or strategic genius but is a book that provides a wonderful insight into his character and personality instead. What comes across is that Napoleon was indeed human with many strengths and weaknesses and is not the ogre or monster as often portrayed by British propaganda. One can see the the unboundless energy, emotion, magnetism and even quirky habits of the man as seen through Menval and Constant. The artwork is plentiful and compliments the events as described in the narrative. This is a superb book, printed on high quality paper and an essential addition to any buff of the Napoleonic period. You will not be disappointed, only delighted.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
    I will begin this review by saying that I knew Proctor Jones and liked him very much.I had the privlege to travel with him and visit many of his friends while I was living and working France.He was a wonderful man and an enjoyable companion and I will fondly cherish my memories of him.

    Even today his memory is still strong for those of us who knew him and his name is a talisman which opens doors which otherwise would be sealed.

    Many people claim to have access to special or unknown collections.Proctor was the real deal.

    This book was a labor of love for Proctor.He set out to publish pictures that had not been seen in other books...he spent an unbelievable amount of money, time and effort tracking down unpublished art and securing the right to publish it in this book.

    He then published this book himself because no publisher would print it at the level of quality he wanted.He was particular about the paper, the binding and the detail of the reproductions...

    Proctor then was able to get Jean Tulard to do the preface...virtually impossible for an American author...and even launched the French version of the book at a reception at Malmaison (I was there).

    Proctor never intended to make money on the book...It was his intention to bring these works to an audience who would otherwise find them inaccessable.I know for a fact that at the print run he authorized he lost tens of thousands of dollars just on the royalties and fees he paid for the permission to reproduce these paintings.

    This book is in a limited print run in English and in French and when they are gone they will be gone.Just like Proctor.

    Proctor I will miss you and I thank you for producing this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A veritable Napoleonic museum
    This is a fantastic book as it includes within its cover a feast of great Napoleonic paintings and memorabilia which is worth the price alone. The text is finely edited by Proctor-Jones, comprising of an interwoven thread based on two memoirs of two men who were closely linked to Napoleon. One was his secretary, C Meneval and the other is his personal valet W Constant.
    Every dedicated Napoleonophile should own a copy. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0679414584
    Sales Rank: 335226
    Subjects:  1. 1769-1821    2. Biography    3. Biography/Autobiography    4. Consulate and First Empire, 1799-1815    5. Emperor of the French,    6. France    7. France - History - Revolution And Napoleonic Empire (1789-1815)    8. General    9. Historical - General    10. History    11. History - General History    12. Kings and rulers    13. Napoleon    14. Méneval, Claude-François    15. Relations with Napoleon I    16. Wairy, Louis Constant   


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    Waterloo: A Near Run Thing (Great Battles)
    by David Howarth
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (May, 1997)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Masterful Telling of a Great Battle
    While browsing the shelves I came across Howarth's book on Waterloo.Two hours later I felt that I had been an eye witness to history.

    Of all the books I have read on Waterloo, Howarth's writing style and description come closest to the actual battle.His use of soldier's diaries in the telling brings home the actual chaos of that day, along with the twisting turns of fortune culminating in the charge of the Old Guard.This is one for the shelves!

    4-0 out of 5 stars As if you had been there on that day
    Books about great battles typically describe events from a helicopter perspective, with little interest for how it was in reality for the soldiers on the ground. This book takes the opposite approach : taking the actual experience of a small number of real soldiers, mostly on Wellington's side, and weaving these together into a coherent story, Howarth has written a much more vivid picture of this very special battle.

    The battle lends itself to this sort of approach : it was fought on a compact battlefield, less than 5 square miles, between up to 150,000 soldiers for 9 hours and it was so bloody that it took one hundred years, until the hundred miles long front in France in World War I, for as many man to fall in a single day. Also, the battle was truly a near run thing, and, if Napoleon had had a better day, things could have turned out very different. Howarth is particularly good at describing almost graphically how the fate of the battle hung in a balance, swinging between sides during the day on several occasions.

    I have visited the Waterloo battlefield a number of times and read several books about it. None describes the battle as well how it must have been for the soldiers, including the deafening noise - it was claimed the cannon noise was heard as far away as Kent in England - , the smells, the damp cold, the pain - one French soldier, having just had his leg amputated, brandishes it in the air shouting "vive l'Empereur". Yet, there is a clear thread in the individual experiences which adds up to a good description of the battle. Granted, the battle is seen mostly through British soldiers' eyes, it is not clear how the crucial attack by the Garde Imperiale suddenly falters and the Prussians' assault in Placenoit is referred to as by "a few Prussians", this is still the best book I have read about this battle.

    And it is short (a key criterion for a good book)

    4-0 out of 5 stars A good Waterloo book for the casual reader.
    The Battle of Waterloo has been very heavily worked by both historians and writers of fiction over the years.In "Waterloo-A Near Run Thing", David Howarth offers the average reader a fascinating account of that decisive battle at a very human level,and without an overload of technical jargon or scholarly controversy.Working from the perspective of information available as the battle unfolded, Howarth weaves together commentary from persons who were present at the battle with just enough narrative to keep the story moving along.He provides enough details on tactics, equipment, and personalities to make the narrative understandable.The result is a book that puts a human face on a now long-distant event without adding another layer of mythology.Howarth's diagrams and illustrations of the battle are well-chosen to support the narrative.Although this book presents no new or dramatic information about the Battle of Waterloo, Howarth's solid prose and imaginative organization will also make it a pleasant read for the serious student of the Napoleonic Wars.The paperback edition is a perfect size for a long trip or vacation. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1900624028
    Sales Rank: 823468
    Subjects:  1. History - Military / War    2. Military - General    3. Military - Napoleonic Wars    4. Battles & campaigns    5. Belgium    6. European history: c 1750 to c 1900   


    Napoleon: The last campaigns, 1813-15
    by James Philip Lawford
    Unknown Binding (1977)
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    Isbn: 0517526344
    Sales Rank: 1449247
    Subjects:  1. Elba and the Hundred Days, 1814-1815    2. Napoleon   


    La garde impériale (Les Uniformes du Premier Empire)
    by Eugène Louis Bucquoy
    Unknown Binding (1977)

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    Isbn: 8439970854
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    The Napoleonic Wars (Arms and Uniforms, Part 1)
    by Liliane Funcken, Fred Funcken
    Paperback (01 November, 1984)
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    Isbn: 0130462284
    Sales Rank: 1538388
    Subjects:  1. 19th century    2. Equipment and supplies    3. History    4. History: World    5. Military uniforms    6. Military weapons    7. Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815   


    Les soldats de la Révolution française: Uniformes et armes
    by Liliane Funcken
    Unknown Binding (1988)

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    Isbn: 2203165030


    Jena, Auerstaedt: The Triumph of the Eagle
    by F. G. Hourtoulle
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 March, 1999)
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Good overview
    I do not know how difficult it is to find a proper editor these days, but it is clear that this English version of the book was not translated by one born to speak the language. With that out of the way, This book offers rich uniform plates and maps depicting the twin victories over Prussia by Napoleon. Not exactly in-depth, it does claim title to being one of the few dedicated volumes on these battles.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Difficult to read but a joy for the eyes
    I found this book difficult to read.The narrative does not flow smoothly and the structure is awkward (it is a translation). However, the splendid illustrations more than make up for that. In addition to contemporary prints, numerous color uniform plates are provided. Even if you're not into painting miniatures, it is a joy to browse these plates. The production quality of the book is superb. For the illustrations alone, I recommend this book.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Doubtful technical work...
    The reforms of the Prussian army did away with the individual regimental uniform distinctions that had been characteristic since Frederick the Great.I eagerly purchased this work for its many illustrations, as I have been unable to find precise details even in Kling.Unfortunately the illustrations are not very accurate.Problems can be detected even by a novice, simply by noting that the facings of the regiment and its grenadier company are at times depicted with two different colors!Hopefully, the rest of the book is better... ... Read more

    Isbn: 2908182769
    Sales Rank: 646809
    Subjects:  1. Armee    2. Armâee    3. Auerstedt, Battle of, Auersted    4. Auerstedt, Battle of, Auerstedt, Germany, 1806    5. Europe - France    6. France    7. France.    8. History    9. History - Military / War    10. Jena, Battle of, Jena, Germany    11. Jena, Battle of, Jena, Germany, 1806    12. Military    13. Military - Napoleonic Wars    14. Military History - Modern    15. Military Uniforms    16. Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815    17. Military leadership    18. Napoleon   


    Borodino-The Moskova: The Battle for the Redoubts
    by F. G. Hourtoulle
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (April, 2001)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars The books in the series
    I have all the books in this series (Four to date) plus a few others by H&C. The color plates are one of the stronger reasons why I collect the books, but there is some information about the topic the book covers as well. These books are translated from the original French versions, so the writing portion is not perfect. These books are of very nice quality and value though with colorful uniform plates.

    4-0 out of 5 stars What a Deal!
    I have only browsed this book, but as the owner of many Napoleonic pictorial books this is a wonderful deal. I would expect to pay at least $[PRICE] for a volume of this type, most of which are only available with French text. This is NOT a narrative, it is meant to be a adjunct to books that are. If one were interested in starting a collection of illustrated books of the Napoleonic period this is a wondeful place to start. The same goes for the authors book on the Prussian campaign.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Battles,Generals,Uniforms,Maps
    I always like to respect the ideas of all the pleople that share their ideas with the public but this time I think I disagreed with one of the writers, I do not see this book as a introduction to the battle of Borodino if you are looking for a book that gave you a good introduction may be the one of Digy Smith would help(Is not that good but it would gave you the idea) This book is more for the people that are enteresting in Uniformology of the Grande Armee, the confederation of the Rhine and the Russian Army,it also gave you names of who was in command at time of the battles. There is a good introduction that tell you why this nations confront on this date but is really small,maps are really hard to follow but they gave you the idea of what was happening. This Translation from the original french version have alot of mistakes in Uniforms,the plates which are made by Andre Jouineau show you everything the equipment,weapons, calvary items etc..

    The great thing about this book is that is fully illustrated with russian and french paintings this is not that common on books of the Napoleonic wars and specially the ones on uniforms.

    Mr Hourtoulle made a great work with the Jena Auertaedt Book but in this new book about the Moskova the uniforms plates are made much more better(remenber there is some mistakes on the plates) I was looking for a book that show me the uniforms of the Russian army, there is plates from the Pavlovski Grenadier to the Platov Cossacks and from the french side almost all the allied and La Garde Imperiale and I can tell you that I find it, you would enjoy reading this book but if you are looking for a great work I recommend The books from the late John Elting Napoleonic Uniforms.Vol III & IV ... Read more

    Isbn: 2908182963
    Sales Rank: 562614
    Subjects:  1. Armee    2. Armâee    3. Borodino, Battle of, Borodino,    4. Borodino, Battle of, Borodino, Mozhaæiskiæi raæion, Russia, 1812    5. Campaigns    6. Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union    7. France    8. France.    9. History    10. History - Military / War    11. Military    12. Military - Napoleonic Wars    13. Military - Uniforms    14. Modern - 19th Century    15. Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815    16. Russia   


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    Napoleons Grande Armee of 1813 (Armies of the Napoleonic Wars Research Series)
    by Scotty Bowden, Scott Bowden
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 July, 1990)
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Re: Detail and Typos
    I have to follow-up with the previous review.Having been given this book for my birthday by my kids, I was instantly drawn in by Bowden's immense research.However, I also was appalled by the large number of typographic errors, grammatical errors, and use of slang in referring to the sergeants and corporals as "noncomms" instead of as non-commissioned officers.I served in the U.S. Army for 20 years and always called them by either their rank or by the term non-commissioned officers (or its abbreviation - NCOs).I also wonder how much error has crept into the amazing appendices.But I guess we'll never know until someone goes and checks out the French archives originals.Otherwise a useful book on this oft neglected campaign.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Invaluable insight into Napoleon's 1813 campaign
    After finishing this book, I realized that for the first time, I feel as though I understand WHY the 1813 campaign unfolded in the manner that it did...what forces were in play that affected Napoleon and his army...reasons that have never before been explained.

    Everything about the French army and its unbelievable weaknesses are revealed in detail, along with Napoleon's momentous mistakes that kept feeding immature youths that were improperly officered into an already failing organizational structure because the recruits could not be properly trained OR properly fed.

    If you are interested in the 1813 campaigns, don't miss this one.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good book
    I recommend this book, although I am a little bit dissapointed after Bowden's master piece "Napoleon and Austerlitz" ... Read more

    Isbn: 0962665517
    Sales Rank: 850322
    Subjects:  1. 1769-1821    2. Armies    3. Campaigns    4. Emperor of the French,    5. Germany    6. History - Military / War    7. History: World    8. Military - General    9. Military - Napoleonic Wars    10. Military History - Modern    11. Military leadership    12. Napoleon    13. Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815    14. Wars of Liberation, 1813-1814   


    The Sevres Porcelain Manufactory : Alexandre Brongniart and the Triumph of Art and Industry, 1800-1847
    by Derek Ostergard
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (20 October, 1997)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The best book on the subject
    I have been searching for at least a decade for a book on the Sevres production during the Napoleonic Years. This book is exactly what I was looking for and the essays and tremendous illustrations are what made this book worth the search! ... Read more

    Isbn: 0300073380
    Sales Rank: 1106094
    Subjects:  1. 1770-1847    2. 19th century    3. Art    4. Art & Art Instruction    5. Brongniart, Alexandre,    6. Crafts & Hobbies    7. Exhibition Catalogs    8. France    9. Glass & Glassware    10. History - General    11. Manufacture nationale de Sevr    12. Manufacture nationale de Sáevres    13. Porcelain & China    14. Porcelain, French    15. Pottery & Ceramics    16. Sevres porcelain    17. Sáevres    18. Sáevres porcelain    19. Art / History / General    20. Brongniart, Alexandre   


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    The Red Lancers
    by Ronald Pawly
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 February, 2000)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Pawley the Red Lancer
    Pawly has written one of the best books in the genre ... not only can we learn a lot about the history of the famous regiment, about the campaigns in which it served, but, what's even more exciting, you can follow the lives of some heroic officers who otherwise would have vanished, almost without a trace, in the Russian snow ... Pawly makes them rise from the dead, for their glory and our pleasure ...

    5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent history of Napoleon's famed guard regiment.
    Ronald Pawly has produced an excellent history of Napoleon's famed Dutch "Red" Lancers, known as the 2nd Regiment of Light Horse Lancers of the Guard. Not only is the book highly readable and well researched, itis also excellent in its presentation. The book draws heavily from thesources of the French Army Archives as well as Dutch archives, but alsofrom journals and correspondance of the members of this regiment which camefully into being in 1810 upon Napoleon's assumption of the kingdom ofHolland into greater France. The regiment served the French emperor inRussia, 1812; Germany, 1813; France, 1814; and finally at Waterloo in 1815where the fate of restored Europe placed the imperial regiment against manyformer members now serving in the army of the Low Countries. In addition tothe fine insights given into this regiment and its members, Mr. Pawly alsoprovides superb illustrations of the uniforms and officers of the unit. Hisresearch has led him to many private collections, allowing him to reproducewithin paintings which would not otherwise be available to the public. Thebook also contains a muster roll and service record accounting for theofficers of the regiment. The physical quality of the book is alsoexcellent. The paper is a nice gloss which is great for the illustrations.Many of the plates are full color. The size of the book also allows formore details to be apparent in the illustrations. Mr. Pawly is to becommended for the attention and detail he gives to his readers on thisbrave regiment of Napoleon's Imperial Guard. Their devotion to the Empireand hard field service bear testimony to the martial quality of thesesoldiers and of the Guard in general. This book will make a fine additionto the library of anyone interested in the history of the Napoleonic Wars;the Imperial Guard; and military uniforms. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1861261888
    Sales Rank: 2030541
    Subjects:  1. History    2. History - Military / War    3. History: World    4. Military - Napoleonic Wars    5. Military - Other   


    Necklines : The Art of Jacques-Louis David after the Terror
    by Ewa Lajer-Burcharth
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (11 October, 1999)
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting ideas, not so interesting read
    I have read a number of books on Jacques-Louis David and this book has some of the most unique (bizarre) ideas on David's artwork I have come across.This is not exactly a pleasurable read either.It is a very esoteric work, and unless you can buy a cheap used copy, it is not really worth the high price.If you are interested in it, I suggest checking it out at the library(it is not something you will read twice).The book does provide a good deal of insight into the culture of post-revolutionary France.It is a nice quality book (although with current printing technology all the images should be in color and the book should not be so expensive).After reading the book, I think that a lot of the interpretations of David's art do not have a strong basis and the author is stretching her imagination with what she thinks David's work reveals.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Bizzare freudian hypothesis
    The great thing about art commentaries is that just about anything can be written. JL David was, of course, the Revolutionary artist supremo of his day. His arguably most famous paintings were the Oath of the Horatii, the death of Marat, the unfinished Tennis Court oath and of course the Sacre plus numerous historical paintings. What is most telling is David's role in casting the revolution in a masculine manner.
    This remarkable book recasts JL David's paintings in a bold new way - he was obseesed with the naked form and really was casting the revolution in a feminine manner, and hence drew and sketched all his figures in the nude, then finishing them as clothed figures. Also, he was acting out his girlish fantasies and some of his figures have an effiminate look to them. Wow!
    This line of psychoanalysis is all new to me, the fact that one can project thought patterns on a person's mind 200 years ago just by linking up some letters to some sketches and paintings. Necklines of course refers to the low cut on female clothing, especially his Grecian or Roman-clad women and the fact that David himself came very close to losing his head.
    It had never occurred to the author that sketching nude figs was David's usual modus operandi in drawing, as confirmed by other art historians. And his painting of Julie Recamier? The same person was also drawn by Gerard and it looked as if two different persons were depicted. It's debatable as to whether this was a great painting. The patron rejected it anyhow.
    I did enjoy the fantasy ride, though. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0300074212
    Sales Rank: 389993
    Subjects:  1. 1748-1825    2. 19th Century Art    3. Art    4. Art & Art Instruction    5. Art and the revolution    6. Criticism and interpretation    7. David, Jacques Louis,    8. European    9. France    10. History    11. History - General    12. Psychology    13. Psychology Of Art    14. Revolution, 1789-1799    15. Art / History / European    16. David, Jacques Louis   


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