Too Little, Too Late. The Campaign in West and South Germany, June-July 1866 Hardcover – 13 Oct 2015
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This is a really good read. Along with the text comes many fine visual offerings, especially in the colour centre. --The Foreign Correspondent
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Having worked as a customs officer for many years, Michael Embree has subsequently worked in both the public and private sectors. He is married and lives in the United Kingdom.
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That's is changing due to the efforts of historians such as Mr. Embree. He has previously written about the risorgimento in Italy with his wonderful "Radetzky's March" as well as the 1864 war between Austria and Prussia against the Danes in his "Bismarck's First War", a war which set the stage for the events of 1866, particularly in western Germany. While "Too Little, Too Late" is not as massive of an undertaking as either of those previous works, neither is the subject matter. However, Mr. Embree does give the struggles between the Prussians and allies against the Federal German forces a very thorough examination, detailing decisions and battles in a manner that is both enlightening and enjoyable to read. Which is a very nice contrast to other books on the topic such as the Official Bavarian Army history. The stage is set, both politically and militarily and the reader is given a clear picture of how events unfolded.
As an adjunct to his writing, the book is amply supplied with charts to make statistical analysis simple, along with many nice illustrations to help bring things to life.
2016 is the 150th anniversary of this war that made Germany. While I realistically expect that it will get none of the attention that the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War garnered, it is great to see work being done in the field. The fact that this work is accessible and not written in dry academic prose makes it all the more enjoyable. You can read Mr. Embree's writing both as an intellectual exercise, as well as for the sheer enjoyment of reading a book by the fireplace while sipping your schnapps. If you have already read Wawro, Hozier, Barry or for that matter any of the official histories, do yourself a favor and grab this volume to give your knowledge more depth.