In This Review

Napoleon on the Art of War
Napoleon on the Art of War
Edited by Jay Luvaas
The Free Press, 1999, 288 pp.

A good sense of Napoleon's military genius emerges from this well-edited collection of writings by the greatest soldier of the nineteenth century. Not so much the inspired hero of his romantic admirers, he was essentially an organizational genius -- a quality that shines through in the very French lucidity of his orders and reflections. As Napoleon himself noted, half of a general's work is mere administration. One of this country's foremost military historians, the late Jay Luvaas has captured with his usual accuracy and talent the spirit of a great commander in a judicious selection of his own words.