This book, originally published in 1978, argues that there was no ‘turning-point’ in Bonaparte’s career, but rather a consistent pattern from beginning to end. As a commander Bonaparte’s forte was speed and aggressiveness. As a planner, however he was slapdash: his armies starved and went barefoot. The author argues that far from being a master of concentration of force on the battlefield, he was again and again caught with his army dispersed and only rescued from disaster by the last-minute arrival of reinforcements.
Table of Contents
1. Alone In The Midst of Men 2. The Attributes of a Tyrant 3. Fortune Is a Woman 4. Everything I Undertake Must Succeed 5. The Loyal Arm of the Republic 6. There Must Not Be Any Opposition 7. A Ditch Which Will Be Leaped 8. The March to Austerlitz 9. I Desire Only You 10. Ambition is Never Content 11. His Curiosity To See the Dead 12. But How Will All This End? 13. His Majesty’s Health Has Never Been Better 14. After Such Butchery, No Result 15. Glory is in Mourning