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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 Aug 2018 3:16 p.m. PST

How many do you have? (smile)



Personal logo Stosstruppen Supporting Member of TMP14 Aug 2018 3:35 p.m. PST

That list needs some work

rmcaras Supporting Member of TMP14 Aug 2018 4:28 p.m. PST

Bizarre. I was expecting to see a Napoleon Hill title included.

nsolomon9914 Aug 2018 4:57 p.m. PST

I'm with Stoss, a pretty mixed list, it includes the worthless piece by Schom (pure fiction) and of the just 3 books on specific battles 2 are about Austerlitz and 1 is the Osprey on Vitoria!!!???

Oh, and not that I'm counting, but my library already includes many of the better works on this list and, mercifully, many, many better pieces.

langobard Supporting Member of TMP15 Aug 2018 1:39 a.m. PST

Um, apparently a list created, not by reading the books in question, but by comparing other lists of Napoleonic books and seeing what came up most frequently?

Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP15 Aug 2018 3:18 a.m. PST

Indeed, the list needs a lot of work. Schom, Horne, and many others should not be there at all.

In short, the listing is not very discerning as to accuracy and quality of research.

MaggieC70 Supporting Member of TMP15 Aug 2018 4:45 a.m. PST

Mon Dieu! What a mess. Any book appearing here courtesy of a Goodreads list or, much worse, Wikipedia, is generally suspect. I also recognize some titles I shredded in Amazon reviews…

USAFpilot15 Aug 2018 10:37 a.m. PST

How does #7 Napoleon's Marshals by Chandler compare with the book by the same name by Delderfield? I thought Delderfield's book was pretty good.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP15 Aug 2018 11:08 a.m. PST



MaggieC70 Supporting Member of TMP15 Aug 2018 1:19 p.m. PST

Delderfield's book is what I'd call "amateur history"--fun to read, but not something anyone would use in a scholarly context.

Chandler was the editor of #7; the individual biographical sketches of each of the marshals and a synopsis of their most famous--or memorable for one thing or another--battles was written by a Napoleonic era historian. Not as fun to read as Delderfield, but historically heftier.

Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP15 Aug 2018 3:19 p.m. PST

Chandler's Napoleon's Marshals is probably the best of the lot on the marshalate. As Maggie correctly stated, each marshal had his own chapter and each was done by a Napoleonic era historian, Chandler also authoring one chapter as well as being the editor of the book.

USAFpilot16 Aug 2018 6:41 a.m. PST

Hey thanks for the review. You have to start somewhere, so why not with simple easy to read.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Aug 2018 11:00 a.m. PST



Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP16 Aug 2018 2:19 p.m. PST

Simple, easy to read is good; simple and inaccurate is not. And you have to be careful with 'simple'-as a British staff officer once supposedly remarked: 'Simplicity, yes-but not the simplicity of an ape with a paintbrush!'

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