Once There Were Titans: Napoleon's Generals and Their Battles 1800-1815 Hardcover – 15 Apr 2007
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About the Author
Kevin Kiley, a life-long student of the Napoleonic period and author of Artillery of the Napoleonic Wars, served for many years as an artillery officer and is currently a history teacher. He lives in Jacksonville, NC. Don Graves is the author of Field of Glory and Don't Give Up the Ship!: Myths of the War of 1812.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Very cursory accounts of napoleons marshals
You will probably get more from wikipedia to be honest
I am sorry i wasted the money on this one
Do not buy
Putting aside any factors from the above, I was disappointed with this title. It is poorly produced in terms of writing (the editorial work is appalling) and the same statements are made far too frequently. I get the feeling the author is attempting to brow beat the reader into agreeing with his line of thought. It is also evident that Kiley worships Napoleon as a demi-god, and this alone marks his work as bias. I would return this for a refund, if the opportunity arose. I'm sure there's vastly superior and more learned studies to be had elsewhere.
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