- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Greenhill Books; Revised edition (May 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1853673463
- ISBN-13: 978-1853673467
- Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 13.3 x 1.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,203,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Military History and Atlas of the Napoleonic Wars Hardcover – May, 1999
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Top Customer Reviews
Twenty years and 12 campaigns are captured within 169 detailed maps. Some maps cover a time span of hours, others months. To lessen clutter and confusion, not every action described in the text is shown on the corresponding map. The 11-page Biographical Sketches section is revealing, and in the case of some unfortunate commanders, brash and humorous. The Recommended Reading List is 10 pages long with occasional comments on quality.
I have two minor complaints: first, it would have been most helpful if French units/commanders names could have been italicized. Being somewhat unfamiliar with European names and locations, I was confused several times when the text reference included French and enemy units and map locations. And second, the blue ink used to show French positions is much less transparent than the red ink of enemy units. Consequently, finding towns and landmark locations is difficult when French positions have overprinted map names. Other than that, I highly recommend this book!
I was thoroughly pleased with my purchase. The book is huge by any standards and the layout; with lucid, terse text to the left and clear, concise maps to the right; is an historical reader's dream come true. Another feature I loved was the fact that towns and places were referenced in the text with a co-ordinate system that made finding them on the map that much easier.
To be sure, the text is not as highly detailed as those of books dedicated to singular battles or campaigns but this book is intended as a quick reference and in this it excells. Having only recently delved into reading about the Napoleonic Wars in depth, I was somewhat overwhelmed by the vast history and the wealth of material available to go along with it. Now I can have a passing knowledge of the greater part of this period and use this book as a "jump-off" point for further reading.
If you are new to the Napoleonic Wars or if you are looking for a condensed version of them, this book is definitely for you. I have used it as a supplement when reading magazine articles or other books. The maps are THAT good. Indeed, Peter Hofschroer used some of the maps in his volume on the Battle of Waterloo.
You will not go wrong purchasing this book if you need a concise reference for the Wars or if you love good maps. An added bonus is the section on leader biographies which make for very interesting reading.
A perfect book for the visually oriented person interested in military history and a good compliment for other Napoleonic campaign histories.
It is without doubt the best grahical illustration of Napoleons campaigns ever published and if combined with David Chandlers book on the wars of Napoleon gives a vivid and definatice account of this period of military history.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These are the original maps of Napoleonic battles. In case you wish to study these battles professionally, these are must.Published on August 7, 2013 by Jari Paakkarinen
This is a unique and valuable work of reference that maps out the battlefields most of the major conflicts during the Napoleonic Wars. Read morePublished on April 30, 2012 by Edward B. Crutchley
This is a standard reference work. I've been wanting my own copy of it for decades. It came without its paper jacket, but is otherwise in good condition. It arrived promptly. Read morePublished on November 25, 2011 by Michael England
This book is definitive, and remarkably useful. It is an absolutely necessary companion to the study of Napoleon's military career. Read morePublished on October 28, 2008 by James H. Fink
Unlike some of the other reviewers, I am neither trained military nor a professional scholar. However, I am very interested in the history of the art of warfare, which, I believe,... Read morePublished on September 27, 2008 by William S. Grass
Schnelle und gute Lieferung. Jeder Zeit wieder. Klasse Atlas über dieses Thema. Für mich gibt es nichts vergleibares!Published on January 11, 2007 by Klaus Schepeler
This is a great survey of Napoleon's campaigns, from 1796-1815. However, it is NOT a replacement for Chandler (and shouldn't be considered as such)--but it will prove an... Read morePublished on October 21, 2005 by Matthew Sutton
The Napoleonic Wars are far easier to understand for students, buffs, and even professional historians if they have this book at hand. Read morePublished on July 20, 2005 by Ralph Ashby