This book is a great overview of the entire conflict. It also provides information on the prior and succeeding Wars of Unification. The narrative of the war is well done and flows in a logical manner. The first chapters are helpful in outlining significant events and historical figures. Understanding the First War of Unification from 1848-1849 is crucial to understanding this conflict. Understanding the geography at that time is also important as this war was fought by countries that no longer exist.
The author, Frederick Schneid, included numerous color and black and white paintings. They are an effective compliment to the narrative. These images give the reader a better feel for the armies and their battlefields.
The book has 2D maps of the battles of San Martino, Solferino, Magenta, the Campaign of Sicily, and the siege of Gaeta. These maps give the reader a much better understanding of the battles. The author also included a geographic map of Risorgimento Italy 1848-1870. This map provides a clear geographic orientation of the countries involved in the conflict.
The ending chapters provide a nice supplement to the overall narrative. These chapters describe civilians and soldiers. They also describe the various alliances between Napoleon III, Franze Joseph of Austria, and the other powers. The author also paints a good image of Garibaldi, the most famous of the war's participants.
Bottom line: this book provides a nice overview. The narrative is supported by paintings and drawings. This war was fought by countries unknown to most readers. That said, the author did a great job of explaining the various people and places. Even though there are a lot of unfamiliar names, most readers will leave this book with a better understating of this war and its charismatic leaders.