This was a much anticipated title from Osprey but it is much too brief. For such a grand scale campaign this could have been done in 2 books - 1.Borodino, 2.The Retreat. You just don't get an appreciation of the slaughter and the immense struggle of both armies throughout the battle. One of my main complaints with this book as with other recent Ospreys is that the maps are spread over 2 pages with a lot of the detail being lost in the middle, so unless you want to break the spine you can't see this area. The illustrations by Peter Dennis are superb and the army lists are clear and simple to follow within the context of the campaign. As long as you don't pay full price for this book it is still good to have if you are interested in the Napoleonic Wars or the campaign of 1812. With better maps and a bit more detail of the battle it could have been 5 stars.
For further reading I would recommend: Borodino and the War of 1812 (by Dr Christopher Duffy), Great Battles: Borodino (by Digby Smith), 'The Battle of Borodino: Napoleon Against Kutuzov (by Alexander Mikaberidze)
What you would expect from Osprey, it covers much more than the battle, the whole campaign in fact. Unfortunatly like another title I have recently purchased ( Gettysberg ) it lacks a detailed map of the battle. A good sampler for further research.