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Beat the Drums Slowly (Napoleonic War)
Beat the Drums Slowly (Napoleonic War)
by Adrian Goldsworthy
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.59

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Factually incorrect, 12 Nov 2012
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Having not yet opened the book, I find it difficult to rate it. Suffice to say that, had I seen it in a book shop, I would not have bought it. The back cover states that the British retreated through the Pyrenees but the last time I looked, the Pyrenees were on the other side of the Spain. A disappointing beginning!
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Waterloo: The French Perspective
Waterloo: The French Perspective
by Andrew Field
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 17.00

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting perspective, 16 Jun 2012
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I already possess many books about Waterloo and indeed The Duke Of Wellington generally but this is a very interesting view of this battle from the French perspective which goes into considerable detail regarding the many reasons for the French decisions that day.

If one overlooks some naturally prejudicial views of some of the French participents and one or two questionable views of the author (e.g. penetration of the South gate at Hougoumont and reference to the garden to the West (East?) p.263), this book is a serious, detailed analysis of how the French contrived to lose, the stoicism of the allied defence and the vital influence of the Prussian intervention. Certainly, to have the opportunity to read an account of this battle 'from the other side' is a very welcome addition to the multitudes of books already printed on the subject and one which I found totally absorbing. My knowledge of the battle has been advanced considerably and I would recommend this book to all those interested in the fine detail.
I would have awarded 5 stars but unfortunately there were no maps (except a campaign map) despite a promised list.
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