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I am afraid this is not the case in this book.
I liked this book very much and thought it gave the most objective of Napoleon, his motives, and his reputation as a military genius that I have ever seen.
The book uses extensive primary material as well as secondary material, leading to further readings.
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 7 months 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 19 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 21 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 on January 12, 2013 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 on November 19, 2012 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