- Hardcover: 194 pages
- Publisher: Shoe String Pr Inc (October 1977)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 020801702X
- ISBN-13: 978-0208017024
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,742,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Christopher Duffy was born in 1936. He is the author of several non-fiction books, and is editor in chief of the Historic Armies and Navies series. He was an adviser to the BBC team that made War and Peace. For over twenty years he was Senior Lecturer in the Department of War Studies at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
In less the 170 pages, Duffy does an pretty good job explaining with certain clarity and understanding the vital campaign of 1805 that ended in Napoleon's dominate victory at Austerlitz in December 1805. His comparison between the new French Grande Armee and the old Austro-Russian military machine was like comparing a fresh crisp apple to a rotten spoiled orange. Duffy make a good effort to present both sides of the campaign and battle. Funny how during this campaign and battle, almost everything that the Allied forces did (Austrians and Russians), they almost to helped Napoleon out at every turn. The book can be considered to be very balance in outlook although Duffy probably can't help but to regard the French in a higher light due to their overall superior professionalism. Overall, the book does a good job in retelling the campaign of 1805 in a very summarized details.
If there is a weakness in this book, I would say that the maps were pretty weak. While they were good enough for folks like me who happened to be well read on the subject, they may confused a more introductory reader. There are some black and white illustrations in this book but they are more of a generic nature. I wasn't too impressed but they are better then nothing at all.
I would think that this is an excellent book to introduce anyone trying to learn and understand the famous campaign of 1805. Its geared toward an introductionary level and might be a better choice to read then -- let say, Scott Bowden's very detailed and superbly well written book on this campaign and battle which may overwhelmed a new reader with information overload. Outside of the lousy maps, the narrative of this book is better then the two Osprey campaign books out there which is also along the same introductionary level. However, this book is rather hard to find but its definitely worth getting.