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A HISTORY OF THE ART OF WAR, FROM THE BE-
WITH 165 CHARTS, MAPS, PLANS OF BATTLES AND
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THEODORE AYRAULT DODGE
BREVET LIEUTENANT-COLONEL UNITED STATES ARMY, RETIRED LIST; AUTHOR OF
PATROCLUS AND PENELOPE. A CHAT IN THE SADDLE," "GREAT CAP-
CESAR, " ETC., ETC.
BOSTON AND NEW YORK
THESE volumes on Napoleon are not a history of his era. The two now issued are confined to the second half of the military life of the great captain, and are the concluding volumes of the History of the Art of War, begun by the author in 1890 with the life of Alexander Political events are barely touched on; personal matters only to throw light on Napoleon's character as a soldier. While narrating in much detail the campaigns from 1808 to 1815, Volumes III. and IV. furnish a study of the causes which led to Napoleon's downfall, as Volumes I. and II. contain the story of his amazing rise to power. Although a part of the larger History, yet this military life of Napoleon is of itself a complete work.
The subject is so vast that to write double the number of pages would have been far easier. To compress the matter into its present size has obliged the author to sacrifice diction to facts, and to reduce many chapters to what appears crude. All useless words, such, e. g., as titles, have been omitted. “Son Altesse Sénérissime le Prince Connétable' becomes merely Berthier; Ney is not even “ Marshal Ney," much less “ Duke of Elchingen” or “ Prince of the Moskwa ;' the “ Duke of Auerstädt and Prince of Eggmühl” remains plain Davout. Even in translating from the Correspondence, the well-known names of Lannes, or Soult, or Massena are retained instead of their more picturesque titles of nobility. Adjectives have been erased wholesale. As all this tends to
simplicity, the author need not in this práctical day apologize for a style often lacking color.
There are for busy people many shorter histories of Napoleon's wars, and many histories treating of the era and devoting little space to military events. On the other hand, the amazing detail of the French and other Staff works cannot be followed by many readers, even those who make a study of military operations, numbered as these voluminous publications are by the hundreds of thousands of pages. The present work will be found to fill a want for those who, within reasonable compass, wish to know how this giant soldier wrought.
As Napoleon's career progresses, his strategic maneuvres become more interesting, and his failures more instructive. The detail of these has accordingly at times been given to a greater extent than demanded by the general reader, but still appropriate to a military history, and essential to a full understanding of his methods, as his armies and projects increased in vastness and his difficulties multiplied. But skipping has been made easy to those who do not desire to enter into minutiæ.
Over thirty years ago the author began the study of Napoleon in the ample library of the late John C. Ropes of Boston, a clear-headed critic, an able writer, and an authority on the subject. This study he has continued at intervals ever since, and for the last five years in Paris; and his travels and studies in working up the campaigns of the other great captains, as they fitted into the History of the Art of War, have aided him in understanding what this last of them did.
The author is peculiarly indebted to General Brugère, late Commander-in-Chief of the French Army, for many acts of personal and official courtesy and helpfulness; to the Chiefs of the Historical Section of the French Staff, Colonel Cou