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4.0 out of 5 stars Prince Eugen of Savoy, 25 Nov 2010
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This book is recommended for anyone interested in the wars that the Habsburgs fought against the French and the Turks, from the Great Turkish War to the War of Polish Succession.
Particular strong points of the book are that it is well-written, quite witty here & there, and that it covers things from the Habsburg perspective which is interesting as most english-language books about this period tend to be a bit too anglo-centric. I also liked that the author is sometimes very opiniated, e.g. about the less than glorious way the British government withdrew from the War of Spanish Succession.
On the other hand, it would have been nice if the book would have included more detail on the battles that Eugene fought. Whereas some battles are treated in at least some detail, most others are only sort of mentioned in passing (sometimes merely mentioning the outcome of a battle) and that is too bad since Eugene's life was really about warfare. The reason for his enduring fame was his battle winning skill. The book is quite compact and could have easily been expanded a bit, with more extensive descriptions of his main battles, without becoming overweight.
Overall, high marks.
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Prince Eugen of Savoy by Nicholas Henderson (Paperback - 15 Aug 2002)
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