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Once There Were Titans: Napoleon's Generals and Their Battles 1800-1815 [Hardcover]

Kevin F. Kiley
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15 April 2007
This is a masterly study of generalship in Napoleon's Grande Armée. Napoleon arguably had the greatest collection of military talent to ever serve one man working for him during the period 1800 15. The role of the Marshals of the Empire has been covered many times, and due credit is also given to them here; however, for the first time Kevin Kiley also examines in depth the contribution of the generals who never made that rank. Fifty-two general officers are examined using the battles they fought to illustrate just how valuable they were. From Marengo in 1800 to Ligny in 1815, both French victories and defeats are studied in meticulous detail, each chapter covering a battle fought and the generals who commanded them. Diverse source material has been consulted in the preparation of this volume, including after-action reports, memoirs and correspondence from officers including Senarmont, Eble, Drouot, Teste, Marmont, and Davout, as well as from lesser-known characters such as the artillerymen Boulart and Noël, and the Polish cavalryman Niegelewski, who led the final dash up the pass of Somosierra. Furthermore, those closest to Napoleon such as Fain and Marchand give their piece and provide invaluable information. Taken individually, this material paints a vivid picture of the Grande Armée and those who led it into fire. Taken as a whole, it provides an invaluable source and tells the story of the officers without whom Napoleon could never have achieved as much.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Greenhill Books; annotated edition edition (15 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853677108
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853677106
  • Product Dimensions: 3.4 x 16.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,258,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kevin Kiley, a life-long student of the Napoleonic period and author of Artillery of the Napoleonic Wars, served for many years as an artillery officer and is currently a history teacher. He lives in Jacksonville, NC. Don Graves is the author of Field of Glory and Don't Give Up the Ship!: Myths of the War of 1812.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read of Napoleon's Generals 15 Jun 2011
Format:Hardcover
This book by Kevin Kiley (retired USMC artillery officer) offers the reader a very good account of some of Napoleon's generals, many unknown to most readers which is very refreshing. Many of the more famous Marshals are covered but also we hear from numerous officers we have read about in other books but never anything in depth.

Each chapter, 16 in total including the appendix (The Imperial Guard,) covers one battle during the Napoleonic Wars to highlight one or a number of Napoleons Marshals, generals and line officers. The book offers a very decent overview of the organisation and tactics of the Grande Armee and then covers a number of battles from Marengo in 1800 to Plancenoit in 1815.

Overall this is a very good book which sadly has been let down by a number of typographic errors (not picked up by an editor - the use of spell checkers doesn't cut it) and the authors annoying habit of repeating himself, sometimes on the same page!

Having said that I learnt a few things and enjoyed the author's accounts of the battles mentioned in the book. There were a number of decent maps and some very good B&W illustrations but I would have preferred some of the paintings in colour as they are great images that need to be seen in their original colourful glory.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just another napoleonic book 17 Aug 2011
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I bought this book because I wanted a different perspective from the usual books on the Napoleonic wars. I was disappointed, it is just a plain description of the Napoleonic wars, with some brief biographical notes about the generals, but without any account of lesser known battles. The title is "Napoleon's Generals and Their Battles" but the title should be "Napoleon's Battles and their Generals".
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor - waste of money 20 Oct 2009
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Very little information
Very cursory accounts of napoleons marshals
You will probably get more from wikipedia to be honest
I am sorry i wasted the money on this one
Do not buy
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7 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must have 7 Sep 2007
Format:Hardcover
Don't expect the usual dictionary style text. This title places Napoleon's Generals within their historical setting. The author successfully brings alive the dramatic events that created or destroyed a General's reputation. We meet, ride and fight with the well known and the lesser known celebrities from the whole Napoleonic period. The author does not just concentrate on the victories enjoyed by Napoleon's warriors, but also the defeats, which helps make the text become a more balanced and less biased narrative. The title is a welcome gem among the dull pebbles already available to the customer. No enthusiast or wargamer should be without it.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Flawed but still interesting 1 Aug 2007
By Charles D. McFetridge - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book has many excellent sections and an interesting style, introducing each chapter with a tactical vignette. These vignettes are the best parts of the book. The biographical sketches of the marshals are familiar, usually drawn from Elting or Esposito's works. Most disappointing however, Col. Kiley and his editor failed dismally to bring a tightly written book to the reader. Numerous redundant or paraphrased passages litter the book. One example from page 126 describing General Gudin is typical, "The next year he was chosen as chief of staff to St Cyr and was promoted to general of division in 1796. He was promoted to general of division in 1800." Well, which was it? These repetitious distractions keep the book from reaching its promise.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Quite There Yet 5 Dec 2010
By Tokyo Glenn - Published on Amazon.com
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An interesting read and a good accompaniment to books on the time period, but I was expecting more on the Generals themselves. The book places the key generals at specific battles but writes of them purely in that context. No real in-depth biographical information can be found on the Generals, and some only receive a few paragraphs of text. Again, its a good read with a little extra information on a number of generals but not the General by General description and biographical information I thought it would be.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Read of Napoleon's Generals 15 Jun 2011
By Aussie Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book by Kevin Kiley (retired USMC artillery officer) offers the reader a very good account of some of Napoleon's generals, many unknown to most readers which is very refreshing. Many of the more famous Marshals are covered but also we hear from numerous officers we have read about in other books but never anything in depth.

Each chapter, 16 in total including the appendix (The Imperial Guard,) covers one battle during the Napoleonic Wars to highlight one or a number of Napoleons Marshals, generals and line officers. The book offers a very decent overview of the organisation and tactics of the Grande Armee and then covers a number of battles from Marengo in 1800 to Plancenoit in 1815.

Overall this is a very good book which sadly has been let down by a number of typographic errors (not picked up by an editor - the use of spell checkers doesn't cut it) and the authors annoying habit of repeating himself, sometimes on the same page!

Having said that I learnt a few things and enjoyed the author's accounts of the battles mentioned in the book. There were a number of decent maps and some very good B&W illustrations but I would have preferred some of the paintings in colour as they are great images that need to be seen in their original colourful glory.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story of Napoleon's generals 1 Aug 2013
By Nicholas Roberts - Published on Amazon.com
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A good book on many of the numerous figures in the Napoleonic Wars that seem to not get their just due. The book is not split into chapters based on commander. For example it does not devote a chapter completely to Massena, another to Vandamme, etc. It actually takes selected battles where there was tactical and strategic insight and tells the story through that commander's actions. Although the book claims it is about Napoleon's generals, it has significant information about Napoleon's marshals as well. The book covers A LOT of commanders and you will not remember a lot of them. Many of the biographies of the commanders are very short, a paragraph or so. Nevertheless it is the only book giving credit to the lesser known figures of the Napoleonic era. Although I wished it went into more detail I enjoyed it and would recommend it.
11 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly engrossing... 19 Jun 2008
By Shane L. Devries - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I found Titans to be a thoroughly interesting and thought provoking book, akin to work you might find more so from a novelist rather than just that of a black and white historian. Kevin sets the scene with visions these giants of history coming alive across the realm of time through his words; they seem to come out of the very pages and into your mind as you read page after page. Kevin doesn't just relay information and historical data, he makes you re-live the time, he engrosses you in the period keeping you glued to each page. You feel you are walking amongst these men of a bygone era, you can almost smell the gunpowder, the thunder of hooves and roar of the canon.

The title alone provokes interest, "Once were Titans", once one sees this title alone attention and interest will have been awakened. While reading this book I, at times felt as though I was being gently pulled along page after page before realising I had read several chapters at a sitting. I found it hard to put the book down at times and continually made excuses to pick it up as soon as humanly possible. Kevin's style of writing is vivid to say the least. I have nothing but admiration for an author who can make such a dry black & white topic such as history into a colourful exciting adventure back in time. Truly a feat not too many historians have been able to obtain as a skill for keeping their readers fully attentive and focused.

The research Kevin has done is incredibly detailed and deep, he explains many facets of the Napoleonic era especially that of the French as is the focus of this book from a passionate and obviously enthusiastic approach. Kevin, it is understood was and is a great admirer of the late Col. Elting. He uses the same style and approach to his work as did Elting who will go down in history as one of the great historians of this period. Kevin, I feel is destined to follow in his footsteps. Kevin goes into great detail of the French general staff, its working, the individuals within and the various departments contained in the structure. He also enlightens us to Berthier and his early career and what made him into the Chief of staff we all know him as. Along with many other prominent figures which helped drive the cogs of the Imperial French army.

Kevin gives an insightful graphic account of the many battles these men commanded in and were apart of, detailing the chapters with in-depth engrossing free flowing wording which remains easy to follow. Some authors get very boggy in their portrayal of conflict but not so with Kevin, the reader finds himself locked line for line into the story anticipating each coming page with delight. Titans is an easy book to become lost in regarding time, you lose track of it as you become more deeply engrossed in the telling of these stories of bravery, and human conflict set within a backdrop of high drama, honour and bloodshed.

The aim of the book is to give the reader a fresh and deep analysis of the French army, its style, doctrines, or as most military men would say, the heart beat of the army. How it functioned and fought, how its men revered its generals and leaders and how the machine worked. Only military men can really understand this thoroughly and although the weapons and technology may change with time soldiers are still soldiers no matter the era. Kevin, being a retired US Marine gives the reader an excellent understanding of the vibe of what it must be like to be a soldier of any rank, more so if the reader is or was military himself.

I cannot say enough about this book or indeed others Kevin has written, he has done a superb job and I hope he goes on to complete many more books on the era and have them published. The period needs more historians like him to bring history alive and make it interesting. His work should be used on a scholarly level if it isn't already in any history lecturing hall.

My only criticism of this book is the few typos I noticed which should have been fixed, but this is not the fault of Kevin, the publisher should have corrected these before printing. But a few typos did not detract for me in any way from being thoroughly engrossed in the stories of this book. I await any future work Kevin may publish with much anticipation.

Regards,
Shane
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