From Library Journal
How To Make War lists the general's 111 maxims for combat, something he knew quite a bit about. The 1973 collection also contains an essay by translator Sanborn. The 1934 Letters volume corals his correspondence with family members and other soldiers and politicos.
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From the Back Cover
Based on the radical revaluation of Napoleonic thinking published in France by ditions Champ Libre in 1973, this new translation-the first in nearly a century-makes possible for the English-speaking world the first critical reassessment of Napoleon's own reflections on the art of war since their original appearance in English in 1831. This new edition is significantly more comprehensive than any previous English Language edition of the "military maxims" of Napoleon. But more importantly, while adhering to a military principle of classification, it fundamentally reorders Napoleonic texts to bring an active practice of reading to what has previously been passively received as timeless wisdom, or buried among the trivia of obsolete tactical considerations. This volume incorporates the French editor's original statement and brief notes as well as an essay by the translator, situating the thought of Napoleon in the context of "postmodern" war and its continuation as politics.