I knew a little about what happened at Corunna before I read this book but wanted to know more about Sir John Moore's campaign against the French. I wasn't disappointed. By the end of the book I felt like I'd climbed every snow-covered hill and suffered the starvation, frostbite, despair, and anger of the men, not to mention their confusion over the actions of their general.
I'm a huge fan of history, particularly if its about the Napoleonic wars, but I'm not a huge fan of history books filled with fact after fact and nothing to 'hook' you. This book is nothing of the sort. Written like a story, it follows Sir John Moore's advance and retreat from start to finish, including his death and the response to the failed campaign in Britain (you may feel a slight outrage (having marched so far and endured so much) about this part).
The book includes pictures, extracts from memoirs and despatches written during and after the campaign and a very informative bibliography for those readers who want to know more. Which brings me to my only criticism. I realise that, as part of the Great Battles series, this book couldn't have been much longer, but there were some times when I felt like I was being rushed along to the end at the expense of detail.
I would recommend this book to someone who has a slight curiosity about what happened at Corunna as it is quite short and so less daunting than some of the other titles available. Those of you who want more depth and detail may prefer something else.