Provides an account and analysis of the events which saw Napoleon's first defeat. The book deals with the manoeuvrings of the combatants through to the fall of Ratisbon.
James R. Arnold
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The method of beginning the book with a series of news bulletin-type paragraphs describing a hidden agenda of Tallyrand's diplomacy draws this reader into the story, and the author's story telling keeps me interested to the end of campaign. Austria is striving to beat the bully of Europe and puts up a great fight. My interest in the 1809 campaign caused me to purchase this book. The enjoyment of this book caused me to buy all of James R. Arnold's other Napoleonic history books and devour them with a passion. I highly recommend this book for Napoleonic fans!
Mr Arnold combines good Historical accuracy with a very pleasant writing style. The narrative provides a good balance between strategic/grand tactics events, and small unit combat details. On the large picture, Mr Arnold tries to analyse the decisions taken by the commanders with the information they had at the moment, not with the hindsight historians usually use to criticise great commanders. This is a refreshing way of seing the command-decision aspect that fascinates so many. On the detail side, the book provides several minor actions taken by units from both opponent armies. For once, one does not feel that the author based his book exclusively on sources from one side. There is only a little fault, probably a lapse: the maps are not numbered, although all text references made to them are! A minor problem, that I solved quickly with a pencil. The book is a pleasure to read and highly recommended. Maybe somewhat less biased that Petre's, and much easier to...
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