A happy late birthday to me!
Posted by Martin on January 16, 2008
My birthday was back in October and SWMBO kindly ordered the new Leggiere book: The Fall of Napoleon: Allied Invasion of France, 1813 v. 1 (Cambridge Military Histories)for me as a pressie. But then the UK publishers kept delaying and delaying the publication date. Well, I’m delighted to report that Cambridge University Press has finally published it and Amazon has finally delivered it to my door. Yippee!
So far I’ve only had time to sniff the ink and skim through for a first impression but it certainly looks like a mighty tome. It weighs in at over 600 pages and has a terrific bibliography that shows Leggiere for the rising Napoleonic scholar that he is. It’s a delight to see an author clearly identify and distinguish between his primary and secondary resources.
As you may know, I rate Leggiere’s previous work Napoleon and Berlin: The Napoleonic Wars in Prussia, 1813as one of the best works on the 1813 Auntumn campaign ever written in the English language so I’m salivating at the prospect of reading this new one. If it comes up to the standard of its predecessor, it’ll gain a reputation as one of the best ever books about the 1814 campaign – all the more so given the dearth of books in English (good or bad) about the fascinating twilight of the First Empire.