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3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read, but not a thorough history
Giles MacDonogh has written a very good book charting the personal history of Frederick the Great. He has done an excellent job analysing Frederick's character and personal relationships, but the book is weak in terms of the 'global' political, economic and military events that took place during Frederick's reign. The descriptions of battles are weak (with no maps of any...
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3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read, but not a thorough history, 10 Oct 2000
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Giles MacDonogh has written a very good book charting the personal history of Frederick the Great. He has done an excellent job analysing Frederick's character and personal relationships, but the book is weak in terms of the 'global' political, economic and military events that took place during Frederick's reign. The descriptions of battles are weak (with no maps of any sort), with more consideration given to Frederick's sexual preferences and relationship with Voltaire.
A very good book, if you are interested in Frederick the person, but certainly not a comprehensive history of Prussia during his lifetime.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Generally good but a wasted oportunity, 28 July 2000
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This review is from: Frederick The Great: A Life in Deed and Letters (Paperback)
With the spectre of Hitler and Prussian militarism hovering in the back of the readers mind, the writer does much to dispell the image of Old Fritz as another German bogey man. It's interesting to read a book which recreates this varied and fascinating character, whoes reputation is still hotly debated. The political background is well described and a modern reader will be shocked by the pathetic reasons cited by the various states for war. Frederick's pre-emptive strike against Silesia plunged Europe into a series of protracted wars.
Unfortunately the book fails dismally to explain the campaigns and battles. So we are left with very little idea of why Napoleon amongst others cites Frederick as one of the great generals in history. This is a major over sight in an otherwise fascinating read. The scarcity of info on Frederick means this failure is a real wasted opportunity.
On the plus side Frederick's tyrannical father is vividly brought to life. When the young Prince repeatedly tried to flee Prussia, his father imprisoned him and forced him to watch the execution of one of his friends!
It's in the more intimate portrayal where the book excels - Frederick's long friendship with the slippery genius Voltaire, Frederick's writing and musical output is well documented. His alleged homosexuality is perhaps suitably skirted around due to the lack of actual evidence. In conclusion Frederick's reputation as an enlightened monarch is well debated and allows the reader to make up his/her own mind. My main fault with this book is, as I have said the cursory covered of Frederick as a soldier.
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