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Blundering to glory : Napoleon's military campaigns
Connelly, Owen, 1924-2011.
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Revised edition.
Publication Information:
Wilmington, Del. : SR Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
xvi, 254 pages : maps ; 24 cm

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Central Library DC203.9 .C647 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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'You engage, and then you wait and see'-so Napoleon characterized his art of war. The greatest general of his day was a scrambler who never had a plan, strategic or tactical, that did not break down or change of necessity in the field. He was the master o

Author Notes

Owen Connelly is McKissick Dial Professor of History at the University of South Carolina. A past president of the Society for French Historical Studies, he was a member of the Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton University. He served as an infantry officer in the Korean War and as an instructor at the U.S. Army Florida Ranger Camp.

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Connelly, one of the leading American historians of the French Revolution-Napoleonic Era, has that rare gift of being able to take complex and complicated information and produce a tight, concise, smooth-flowing narrative. His thesis is not that Napoleon frequently blundered to victory, but rather that he was a scrambler who usually went into battle without well-developed, preconceived plans. By tracing Napoleon's career from his first independent command in 1796 to the Waterloo campaign in 1815, Connelly demonstrates how often Napoleon was forced to scramble to secure victory. What is unique about this study is that it is both scholarly, based upon excellent research with good maps and a fine bibliography, and also written in a language nonspecialists will appreciate and understand. Highly recommended for all college, university, and public libraries.-G.C. Bond, Auburn University

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