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This review is from: The Great Commanders of the Early Modern World 1567-1865 (Paperback)
This book provides a good taster into the genius of many of the worlds greatest generals of the early modern era however in my opinion it omits certain generals far more worthy of a place in this book.Often replaced by their fellow countrymen from the same campaigns who are great commanders granted but are not perhaps as worthy candidates as other generals. For example the entry of Carl von Clausewitz and the omission of Blucher i can not comprehend, Blucher was the pivotal Prussian general in the victory over the french in the Napoleonic war yet he has not gained a place in this book whereas Clausewitz has. This decision baffles me and seems almost like deciding to leave Napoleon Bonaparte out in order to give Michel Ney a chapter. other generals such as Alexander Vasilyevich Suvorov have not gained entry to this book, a Russian general who never lost a battle and is famed for writing the Science of victory. the ommitence of Sheridan and the appearance of Meade amongst the chosen generals from the Union army in the American civil war again to me is unwarranted and baffling.
It is a very good book for a brief overview of many of the generals of this era but in my opinion its choice in generals is severely flawed
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