Book Review:
Military Maxims of Napoleon

Edited by David Chandler
Translated by George C. D'Aguilar

Napoleon's Maxims and Quotes

Greenhill Books has done a wonderful thing for Napoleonic buffs in releasing The Military Maxims of Napoleon.

The book has not been published in Britain since 1901 and its last original comments were of the Boer War. While those on Napoleon Bonaparte and his thoughts on war remain the same – there are a couple of little matters such as World Wars, Vietnam and others that needed to be incorporated.

And who better to do this than the doyen of Napoleonic experts David Chandler.

There are 78 military maxims quoted and each is then expanded upon in terms of Napoleonic Era actions and battles, and then further boosted by Chandler’s marvellous examples of modern (since The Boer War) actions.

The Military Maxims of Napoleon begins with Chandler’s introduction and also includes William Cairnes’ 1901 version.

A bit larger than pocket-sized, The Military Maxims of Napoleon is a perfect travel companion – whether on a plane or commuting on a train – and will have something of interest to all military buffs.

It is also fascinating to see that almost two centuries on, Napoleon’s genius survives the test of time in most cases.

- Richard Moore


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