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3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read of Napoleon's Generals, 15 Jun 2011
This review is from: Once There Were Titans: Napoleon's Generals and Their Battles 1800-1815 (Hardcover)
This book by Kevin Kiley (retired USMC artillery officer) offers the reader a very good account of some of Napoleon's generals, many unknown to most readers which is very refreshing. Many of the more famous Marshals are covered but also we hear from numerous officers we have read about in other books but never anything in depth.

Each chapter, 16 in total including the appendix (The Imperial Guard,) covers one battle during the Napoleonic Wars to highlight one or a number of Napoleons Marshals, generals and line officers. The book offers a very decent overview of the organisation and tactics of the Grande Armee and then covers a number of battles from Marengo in 1800 to Plancenoit in 1815.

Overall this is a very good book which sadly has been let down by a number of typographic errors (not picked up by an editor - the use of spell checkers doesn't cut it) and the authors annoying habit of repeating himself, sometimes on the same page!

Having said that I learnt a few things and enjoyed the author's accounts of the battles mentioned in the book. There were a number of decent maps and some very good B&W illustrations but I would have preferred some of the paintings in colour as they are great images that need to be seen in their original colourful glory.
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Initial post: 12 Oct 2012 12:30:57 BDT
Not sure I understand the connection between Napoleon's Marshals and Kevin Kiley being a Ret. US Marine Corps Artillery Officer? Just because he has been in the army doesn't make him an historian and certainly will not give him the view point of a General commanding anywhere from 12,000 to 50,000 men on the Napoleonic battlefield or on campaign. Sorry Kevin, but it is true, however I do find your work fascinating.
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