Book review: The Napoleonic Wars

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15 April 2019
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Something of a curiosity here, with a widescreen-format book that was previously published as Martial Achievements of Great Britain and Her Allies From 1799 to 1815.

Author: JJ JENKINS

Reviewed by: Duncan Evans 

 

Buy your copy here.

 

Something of a curiosity here, with a widescreen-format book that was previously published as Martial Achievements of Great Britain and Her Allies From 1799 to 1815. Thankfully the new title is more digestible, even if the portentous descriptions of the battles fought by the British Army and its allies, isn’t. Yes, the text is right from the original publication as well, so while it does describe the battles and events, it’s also full of hyperbole. There are quotes from those at the battles though, which do add to the narrative.

 

However, I can’t help wondering why Pen & Sword didn’t simply have someone rewrite all this waffle and match it up with the copious illustrations, which is really the selling point of the book. They all, aside from the portrait of Wellington, take up an entire page, and show why this particular size format was used. So, interesting, but propaganda-led view of the Napoleonic Wars.

 

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Buy your copy here.

• Pen & Sword

• 172 pages • Hardback • £25

 

As reviewed in The Armourer April 2019. 

 

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