Napoleon On the Art of War / Edition 1by Jay Luvaas
Pub. Date: 06/05/2001
Publisher: Free Press
Unlike Sun Tzu or Carl von Clausewitz, Napoleon never wrote a unified essay on his military philosophy. Yet, as one of the world's great strategists and tacticians, he sprinkled wisdom throughout his many and varied writings
In the capstone work of his career, distinguished military historian Jay Luvaas brings together in one volume the military genius of Napoleon.
Unlike Sun Tzu or Carl von Clausewitz, Napoleon never wrote a unified essay on his military philosophy. Yet, as one of the world's great strategists and tacticians, he sprinkled wisdom throughout his many and varied writings. Jay Luvaas spent over three decades poring through the thirty-two volumes of Napoleon's correspondence, carefully translating and editing all of his writings on the art of war, and arranging them into seamless essays. The resulting book captures the brilliant commander's thoughts on everything from the preparation of his forces to the organization, planning, and execution of his battles -- all buttressing Napoleon's view that "in war there is but one favorable moment; the great art is to seize it." Napoleon on the Art of War will be essential reading for military buffs, students of history, and any business leader looking for timeless insights on strategy.
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Table of Contents
|I||Creating the Fighting Force||1|
|II||Preparations for War||9|
|III||A Military Education||21|
|IV||The Combat Arms||43|
|V||Generalship and the Art of Command||61|
|IX||The Army in the Field||107|
|X||The Operational Art||127|
|Appendix||Critical Analysis: The Wars of Frederick the Great||141|
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Mr.Luvaas does an excellent job at presenting Emperor Napoleons conduct of war. Napoleon shows that the key to sucess in the battlefield (especially his) is not just genius for strategy and tactics, these are only small factors. Sound logistics, organization, leadership, training and method of discipline are the most important. Luvaas takes the Emperor's old letters and dispatches to his Marshals to give an example as to what he thought on how an army should be organized and led. If you want to know Napoleons conduct of war and the secrets to his sucess, this is one of the best books availible in print to find out. I highly recommend this book to all students of military history and theory.