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The Napoleonic Wars: Fall of French Imperium 1813-1815 v. 4 (Essential Histories) Paperback – 16 Oct 2002

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"I am most favorably impressed by the Essential Histories series on the American Civil War. Written by four of the best historians of the military course of the war, these volumes provide a lucid and concise narrative of the campaigns in both the Eastern and Western theaters as well as penetrating analyses of strategies and leadership. Ideal for classroom use or fireside reading."

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Since 1993 Gregory Fremont-Barnes has lectured in British and American history in Japan, principally at Kobe University. He has has published over a dozen articles on diplomatic and military history. Gregory Fremont-Barnes was born in San Francisco and received his doctorate in Modern History from the University of Oxford.

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Prussia's involvement in the campaigns of 1813-15 may be traced back to the autumn of 1806, when, having remained aloof from the Third Coalition, she foolishly confronted Napoleon with only Saxony at her side and with the Russian armies too far to the east to be of assistance before winter. Read the first page
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A mediocre conclusion to The Napoleonic Wars series 27 Jan. 2009
By Chip Hunter - Published on
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I couldn't help being a bit disappointed in this rather lackluster conclusion to the otherwise excellent series on the Napoleonic Wars. Chronicling what I expected to be some of the most intriguing and exciting moments of Napoleon's time in power, this volume's blandness came as a surprise to me. The author seems to perfunctorily lay out the history without providing as much in-depth analysis of the events as other Essential Histories volumes. Major occurrences such as Napoleon's marshalls refusing to fight on, the occupation of Paris, and the Emperor's escape from Elba are sort of glossed over. Also, military decisions, maneuvers, and battles are related almost exclusively from the French side of the war. Brilliant and successful tactics and strategies by the leaders of the Allies played a large role in Napoleon's downfall, but were largely ignored here. Finally, a large section towards the end of the book focuses on life in London during the war and seems grossly out of place. To my thinking, an article on life in Paris, Germany, Prussia, or Italy would have been more appropriate to the subject.

Nonetheless, this book does wrap up the excellent series. From immediately after Napoleon's withdrawal from Russia to his final defeat at Waterloo, the historic events are recorded here along with pertinent drawings and maps. If you've followed the series up to this point, don't miss this one, just temper your hopes. Not as good as the others, but adequate.
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