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The Road to Gratzification
on September 28, 2011
If you were hardy enough to make it through Barry's two-volume history of the Franco-Prussian War, then you will no doubt be staying up nights with his telling of that war's predecessor, the Austro-Prussian War of 1866. All three volumes share the good, the bad and the ugly - - - putting aside first and foremost a salue to Mr. Barry for outstanding work. The details are great for the gluttonous minds ofobsesseed military historians like myself, but can be too much for the lay reader. Again the maps just plain stink, although the terrain maps are a superb addiion that other historians should explore in future tellings. This book and the two-volume 1870-1871 study have really captivating photos. A touch of color on the maps would lighten the endless black-and-whiteness of the text. But I still must end with a thank you, Mr, Barry. These studies were desperately needed.