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release date: Oct 16, 2018
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Napoleon: A Life
The definitive biography of Napoleon, revealing the true man behind the legend

"What a novel my life has been!" Napoleon once said of himself. Born into a poor family, the callow young man was, by twenty-six, an army general. Seduced by an older woman, his marriage transformed him into a galvanizing military commander. The Pope crowned him as Emperor of the French when he was only thirty-five. Within a few years, he became the effective master of Europe, his power unparalleled in modern history. His downfall was no less dramatic.

The story of Napoleon has been written many times. In some versions, he is a military genius, in others a war-obsessed tyrant. Here, historian Adam Zamoyski cuts through the mythology and explains Napoleon against the background of the European Enlightenment, and what he was himself seeking to achieve. This most famous of men is also the most hidden of men, and Zamoyski dives deeper than any previous biographer to find him. Beautifully written, Napoleon brilliantly sets the man in his European context.

release date: Feb 01, 1997
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Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative
Describes design strategies - the proper arrangement in space and time of images, words, and numbers - for presenting information about motion, process, mechanism, cause, and effect. Examines the logic of depicting quantitative evidence.
release date: Aug 05, 2018
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NAPOLEON QUOTES ON VICTORY, LEADERSHIP AND THE ART OF WAR: Selected and Edited by Mete Aksoy
NAPOLEON'S ART OF WARWhen the book was prepared, our example was Sun Tzu's "The Art of War" book. Like the timeless work of Sun Tzu, Napoleon's comments on the art of war were selected, edited and categorized.These comments are from the memories of the people who were with Napoleon until his last moments. These memories were studied and Napoleon's ideas on the art of war and leadership were selected. These selections were categorized in the sixteen chapter.Here are the 16 chapters:1.NAPOLEON ON VICTORY AND GLORY2.NAPOLEON ON BOLDNESS, AUDACITY, AND COURAGE3.NAPOLEON ON PLANNING, PREPARATION, AND CALCULATION4.NAPOLEON ON CIRCUMSTANCES AND FLEXIBILITY5.NAPOLEON ON CONCENTRATION AND CENTER OF GRAVITY6.NAPOLEON ON COORDINATION AND COMMUNICATION7.NAPOLEON ON VELOCITY AND NOT LOSING TIME8.NAPOLEON ON DECEPTION, SURPRISE AND EXAGGERATING YOUR FORCES 9.NAPOLEON ON DISCIPLINE10.NAPOLEON ON DETERMINATION, CONSTANCY, AND RESOLUTION11.NAPOLEON ON PAYING ATTENTION TO DETAIL12.NAPOLEON ON COOL HEAD, SOUND REASONING, AND SOUND JUDGMENT13.NAPOLEON ON SIMPLICITY14.NAPOLEON ON INTELLIGENCE AND GETTING PRECISE INFORMATION15.NAPOLEON ON SECRECY16.NAPOLEON ON LEADERSHIPWe believe that Napoleon's these thoughts and comments on leadership and the art of war which we selected, edited and classified into 16 chapters, will lead commanders, businessmen/women, and individuals to victory when they face struggles.ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Mete Aksoy has been studying the art of war and leadership for almost twenty years. He is teaching the art of war in Turkish Military Academy. Aksoy is a graduate of Mechanical Engineering and holds a master's degree in leadership at the University of San Diego (USD). He has also received courses on negotiation and leadership at Harvard University and at M.I.T. For eighteen years, Aksoy has deepened his experience in multinational corporations in many countries of the world and is now a management consultant for various companies.
release date: Jul 03, 2010
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The History of the 95th (Rifles)-During the South American Expedition 1806, The Baltic Expedition 1807, The Peninsular War, The War of 1812 and the Waterloo Campaign,1815: Volume 1-1800-1815
The first 15 years of the famous green sharp-shooters
There has been much revived interest in recent years in the activities of Wellington's elite green clad riflemen-the famous 95th.In William Cope it found a worthy historian who chronicled over 75 years of the regiment's history in his substantial book 'The History of the Rifle Brigade'. The Leonaur editors are aware that those interested in military history-both casual readers and academics-tend to focus on periods of time often defined by wars. It is certain that the earliest period of the regiment's history from its inception through the turbulent years of the wars principally against Napoleonic France and its allies holds particular interest for many. Indeed, it was during these momentous times that the 95th was both formed and was particularly active. As a consequence this aspect of the regiment's history constitutes half of the subject matter of Cope's more expansive work. The Leonaur Editors believe the best and most economical way of giving readers access to Cope's work is to divide it into two volumes. The second volume concerns the period immediately after the age of Napoleon up to the mid-Victorian era. This first volume has much to interest the Napoleonic student since it chronicles the 95th through all their campaigns of that time. We join the Rifles in South America, at Copenhagen, in Spain and Portugal, in the Americas and on the bloody slopes of the fields of Waterloo as the Emperor was finally brought to account. An excellent and essential history in every way with maps of principal engagements, this book is available in soft cover and hard cover with dust jacket for collectors.
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release date: Jan 27, 1983
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The Face of Battle: A Study of Agincourt, Waterloo, and the Somme
Master military historian John Keegan’s groundbreaking analysis of combat and warfare

The Face of Battle is military history from the battlefield: a look at the direct experience of individuals at the "point of maximum danger." Without the myth-making elements of rhetoric and xenophobia, and breaking away from the stylized format of battle descriptions, John Keegan has written what is probably the definitive model for military historians. And in his scrupulous reassessment of three battles representative of three different time periods, he manages to convey what the experience of combat meant for the participants, whether they were facing the arrow cloud at the battle of Agincourt, the musket balls at Waterloo, or the steel rain of the Somme.

“The best military historian of our generation.” –Tom Clancy
release date: Mar 30, 2004
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Scipio Africanus: Greater Than Napoleon
From one of the most brilliant military historians of our time, this is the classic biography of Rome's greatest general and the victor over Rome's greatest enemy, Hannibal

Scipio Africanus (236-183 B.C.) was one of the most exciting and dynamic leaders in history. As commander, he never lost a battle. Yet it is his adversary, Hannibal, who has lived on in public memory.As B.H. Liddell Hart writes,"Scipio's battles are richer in stratagems and ruses--many still feasible today--than those of any other commander in history." Any military enthusiast or historian will find this to be an absorbing, gripping portrait.
release date: Nov 26, 1996
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The Age of Revolution: 1789-1848
This magisterial volume follows the death of ancient traditions, the triumph of new classes, and the emergence of new technologies, sciences, and ideologies, with vast intellectual daring and aphoristic elegance. Part of Eric Hobsbawm's epic four-volume history of the modern world, along with The Age of Capitalism, The Age of Empire, and The Age of Extremes.
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The Campaigns of Napoleon
Napoleonic war was nothing if not complex—an ever-shifting kaleidoscope of moves and intentions, which by themselves went a long way towards baffling and dazing his conventionally-minded opponents into that state of disconcerting moral disequilibrium which so often resulted in their catastrophic defeat.

The Campaigns of Napoleon is an exhaustive analysis and critique of Napoleon's art of war as he himself developed and perfected it in the major military campaigns of his career. Napoleon disavowed any suggestion that he worked from formula (“Je n'ai jamais eu un plan d'opérations”), but military historian David Chandler demonstrates this was at best only a half-truth. To be sure, every operation Napoleon conducted contained unique improvisatory features. But there were from the first to the last certain basic principles of strategic maneuver and battlefield planning that he almost invariably put into practice. To clarify these underlying methods, as well as the style of Napoleon's fabulous intellect, Mr. Chandler examines in detail each campaign mounted and personally conducted by Napoleon, analyzing the strategies employed, revealing wherever possible the probable sources of his subject's military ideas.

The book opens with a brief account of Bonaparte's early years, his military education and formative experiences, and his meteoric rise to the rank of general in the army of the Directory. Introducing the elements of Napoleonic “grand tactics” as they developed in his Italian, Egyptian, and Syrian campaigns, Mr. Chandler shows how these principles were clearly conceived as early as the Battle of Castiglione, when Napoleon was only twenty-six. Several campaigns later, he was Emperor of France, busily constructing the Grande Armée. This great war machine is described in considerable detail: the composition of the armies and the élite Guard; the staff system and the methods of command; the kind of artillery and firearms used; and the daily life of the Grande Armée and the all-seeing and all-commanding virtuoso who presided over every aspect of its operation in the field.

As the great machine sweeps into action in the campaigns along the Rhine and the Danube, in East Prussia and Poland, and in Portugal and Spain, David Chandler follows closely every move that vindicates—or challenges—the legend of Napoleon's military genius. As the major battles take their gory courses—Austerlitz, Jena, Fried-land—we see Napoleon's star reaching its zenith. Then, in the Wagram Campaign of 1809 against the Austrians—his last real success—the great man commits more errors of judgment than in all his previous wars and battles put together. As the campaigns rage on, his declining powers seem to justify his own statement: “One has but a short time for war.” Then the horrors of the Russian campaign forever shatter the image of Napoleonic invincibility. It is thereafter a short, though heroic and sanguinary, road to Waterloo and St. Helena.

Napoleon appears most strikingly in these pages as the brilliant applier of the ideas of others rather than as an original military thinker, his genius proving itself more practical than theoretical. Paradoxically, this was both his chief strength and his main weakness as a general. After bringing the French army a decade of victory, his methods became increasingly stereotyped and, even worse, were widely copied by his foes, who operated against him with increasing effectiveness toward the end of his career. Yet even though his enemies attempted to imitate his techniques, as have others in the last century and a half, no one ever equaled his success. As these meticulous campaign analyses testify, his multifaceted genius was unique. Even as the end approached, as David Chandler points out, his eclipse was “the failure of a giant surrounded by pygmies.”

“The flight of the eagle was over; the ‘ogre’ was safely caged at last, and an exhausted Europe settled down once more to attempt a return to former ways of life and government. But the shade of Napoleon lingered on irresistibly for many years after his death in 1821. It lingers yet.”
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release date: Nov 03, 2015
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Napoleon's Empire: European Politics in Global Perspective (War, Culture and Society, 1750-1850)
Beyond its modernizing impact in Central and Western Europe, the Napoleonic Empire played a crucial role in realigning international power structures on a worldwide scale. By reshaping global landscapes and refining state sovereignty, French imperialism contested, or even shattered, early modern empires in the Atlantic world, around the Mediterranean and across the Baltic Sea. Whereas much of Napoleon's expansionism can be understood as aiming at re-installing France's colonial supremacy lost to Great Britain in the Seven Year's War, it ultimately did not only strip France of many imperial possessions and catalyzed Prussia's and Russia's ascendency, but also induced the final downfall of many traditional European sea powers. Thus, Napoleon's anti-British expansionism was crucial for Great Britain's rise to world power in the nineteenth century. In Napoleon's Empire, leading experts in their field investigate the impact of the Napoleonic era on more than twenty countries across the globe, from Western Europe and the Mediterranean, across the Baltic Sea to the Ibero-Atlantic area, and the Ottoman Empire.
release date: Oct 04, 2018
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Marengo: The Victory That Placed the Crown of France on Napoleon's Head
On 14 June 1800 Napoleon Bonaparte fought his first battle as French head of state at Marengo in northern Italy. Unexpectedly attacked, Napoleon’s army fought one of the most intense battles of the French Revolutionary Wars. Forced to retreat, and threatened with encirclement, Napoleon saved his reputation with a daring counterattack, snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. This battle consolidated Napoleon’s political position and placed the crown of France within his reach.

Meticulously researched using memoirs, reports and regimental histories from both armies, Marengo casts new light on this crucial battle and reveals why Napoleon came so close to defeat and why the Austrians ultimately threw their victory away. With the most detailed account of the battle ever written, the author focuses on the leading personalities in the French and Austrian camps, describing the key events leading up to the battle, and the complex armistice negotiations which followed. For the first time, the author exposes the full story of Carlo Gioelli, the enigmatic Italian double agent who misled both armies in the prelude to battle.
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