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Within this context, the ensuing passage from "Napoleon's War," by Charles Esdaile is not laughable.
Also, I'm not an expert on Napoleon, but when the author does venture somewhere that I know something about, he makes a few errors.
No publisher, not even the cheapest and sloppiest, would publish a paper book with so many typos and formatting errors.
What is history, and how important is Napoleon in the "Napoleonic Era?" I am again amazed, reading some of the reviews, what people think history is and is not. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Paul Krause
I bought this book with great expectations, as the subject interests me, and Charles Esdaile has forgotten more about Napoleon than I will ever know. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Matthew Stevenson
This was an excellent book dealing with the Napoleonic Wars taken as a whole. It dove into the other minor theaters of the war that are often called by different names. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Nicholas Roberts
"Every book is worth reading at least once."--NOT! The most biased of the trio British historians of Napoleon: Dwyer, McLynn and now this guy. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Kaye Molavi
General histories of the age focus about 80% on Napoleon, throw in some Nelson and Wellington, and round out with the other players - Russia, Austria, Prussia, etc. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Hae-Yu
As others who have read this book and rated it low I am in full agreement. I've read only five books on Napoleon so by no means am I an expert. Read morePublished on July 26, 2012 by M. novak
Esdaile's book is enlightening, gracefully walking you through power struggles, political schemes, battles, marriages, and all sorts of human conflict. Read morePublished on May 11, 2012 by AnakaliaKlemm
This book is a well written and thoughtful overview of the Napoleonic wars. While covering all the major campaigns, this is not primarily a military history but rather a form of... Read morePublished on November 12, 2011 by R. Albin
This book looks not only at Napoleon and his battles, but also at Europe during the late 18th and early 19th century. Read morePublished on June 26, 2011 by Andrew Wyllie