Blundering to Glory: Napoleon's Military Campaigns (Third Edition)

Blundering to Glory: Napoleon's Military Campaigns (Third Edition)

By: Owen S. Connelly (author)Hardback

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Renowned for its accuracy, brevity, and readability, this book has long been the gold standard of concise histories of the Napoleonic Wars. Now in an updated and revised edition, it is unique in its portrayal of one of the world's great generals as a scrambler who never had a plan, strategic or tactical, that did not break down or change of necessity in the field. Distinguished historian Owen Connelly argues that Napoleon was the master of the broken play, so confident of his ability to improvise, cover his own mistakes, and capitalize on those of the enemy that he repeatedly plunged his armies into uncertain, seemingly desperate situations, only to emerge victorious as he "blundered" to glory. Exploring this neglected aspect of Napoleon's battlefield genius, Connelly at the same time offers stirring and complete accounts of all the Napoleonic campaigns.

About Author

Owen Connelly is McKissick Dial Professor of History at the University of South Carolina. He is the author of On War and Leadership, Napoleon's Satellite Kingdoms, and The French Revolution and Napoleonic Era. He is a member of the Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton University and past president of the Society for French Historical Studies. He served as an infantry officer in the Korean War and as an instructor at the U.S. Army Florida Ranger Camp.


Chapter 1: Young Bonaparte: Character, Education, and Early Triumphs Chapter 2: The Scrambler Emerges: The First Italian Campaign, 1796-1797 Chapter 3: Flirting with Oblivion: Egypt, 1798-1799 Chapter 4: Over the Alps: The Second Italian Campaign, 1800 Chapter 5: The Scrambler on the Danube: The Ulm-Austerlitz Campaign, 1805 Chapter 6: Overkill in the East: The Jena-Auerstadt-Friedland Campaign, 1806-1807 Chapter 7: The "Affair of Spain": The Peninsular War, 1808-1813 Chapter 8: The Wagram Campaign: The Austrian War, 1809 Chapter 9: The Fattening: Compromises with the Old Order European Empire, 1809-1812 Chapter 10: Heat, Ice, Snow, and Disaster: The Russian Campaign, 1812 Chapter 11: The Kill: From Lutzen to Elba, 1813-1814 Chapter 12: The Glorious Irrelevance: The Waterloo Campaign, 1815

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780742553170
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 264
  • ID: 9780742553170
  • weight: 494
  • ISBN10: 0742553175
  • edition: Third Edition

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