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For many readers, this is doomed to fail,
This review is from: The Fields of Death (Wellington and Napoleon 4) (Revolution 4) (Hardcover)
It was always a little puzzling why the author took on the task of writing about Napoleon. There must always be some risk associated with covering such ground in that many readers are likely to have read the history books themselves. Unfortunately for the author, I came to this book shortly after having read Dominic Lieven's excellent history of the Russian campaign. Little wonder then that this book struggled - Lieven's book may be a 'proper' history book, but it was actually a more compelling read.
This series started well, as I knew very little about Napoleon's upbringing and his rise to power. Books 1 and 2 did a good job of bringing the characters in the history books to life. By the end of this book, it was no longer working. If Napoleon's generals were so regularly being told that the fate of France depended upon their next move, little wonder that they became a bit complacent. The battle of Waterloo itself is also handled in a surprisingly low-key way that can only succeed if one hasn't read any other book on the subject which is, perhaps, unlikely.
To be clear, I will dash out and buy the next Macro and Cato book as I'm determined not to let this book diminish my liking for the author. I feel that for many readers this book is doomed to fail; that is what happened with me.