Production of a single-volume history like this is a serious piece of work, and I find myself pondering just who the target audience might be. Whoever they are, there's a lot of reading in this book, and much of it is written in a one-paced, almost conversational style which is rarely very involving, and, ultimately, pretty heavy going. Clearly, it is primarily aimed at people who want a general overview and chronology of the period; if they want more detail or more formal academia then they can obtain specialist volumes on more restricted topics. I have no problem at all with this; like all Osprey publications it is beautifully produced (excellent illustrations, and some admirable maps) and represents very good value at the price. The downside is that the average general reader requires to be gripped and led on, in the style of - say - Elting or Chandler or Chris Duffy, to get through all this stuff, especially if they are not a thoroughly committed enthusiast at the outset. This work is not detailed enough to dip into as a reference, and, in my view, is too big and bland to encourage many readers to stick it out to the end. Overall, I believe that the general reader would get a lot more satisfaction from David Chandler's 'Campaigns of Napoleon', John Elting's 'Swords around a Throne', or the works on the Napoleonic Wars by Charles Esdaile.