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Saturday, 12 August 2017

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"With the sort of steadfast sense of duty that you would expect from me - er, you do expect it, don't you?"

Well David, most of us are well beyond that! We are deep into 'take it for granted' territory.

Couldn't the Memsahib be prevalied upon to hold the book at a convenient distance in front of you, a bit like a human lectern? She wouldn't get tired because you could give her time off to get you some tea or other fortifying refreshments.

Whyaxye, your sensitivity and consideration are unmatched I'm sure!

It's an idea, 'W', but I fear she might drop the damned book right on my wound - entirely accidentally, I'm sure!

I haven’t read the book, but Napoleon is an interesting figure. Not quite ancient, not quite modern. What on earth was he for? There is an excellent book ‘1812’, I recall, which lays bare the extraordinary lethality of this warfare and its grand, yet incompetent, scale.

He doesn’t actually sit easily with modern parsing. On the one hand, he’s the great unifier, broken omelettes and all. On the other, he is simply the bastard great-great descendant of Attila and his ilk.

Pretty sure that he didn’t actually think he was a Bad Thing. Ultimately he was, in the scheme of things, strangely inconsequential. I find him fascinating; how can you be so big and threatening, and yet ultimately so vacuous and ill-thought through?

"Pretty sure that he didn’t actually think he was a Bad Thing. Ultimately he was, in the scheme of things, strangely inconsequential. I find him fascinating; how can you be so big and threatening, and yet ultimately so vacuous and ill-thought through?"

A chancer, like all chancers, really.

Even said so himself ...

"I didn't steal the crown. I found it lying in the gutter, and picked it up with my sword. But it was the people who put it on my head."

But he was worth it, just for the uniforms.

SoD

But he was worth it, just for the uniforms.

SoD I agree with you - magnificent. However soldiers being what they are I doubt the magnificence lasted too long on campaign.

It seems to me, Buster, that these 'Great Men of History' have their own internal dynamic, nothing much to do with Grand Strategy but more to do with Grand Ego!

Atop every freak wave, there's a vainglorious fluff of foam.

Like the freak wave, it disappears almost as soon as it is formed (albeit leaving wrecks and countless souls in Davy Jones' locker in its path).

SoD

I started reading this last year. Have temporarily paused for other reasons not because it's not good. It's excellent and very well balanced. I would recommend it.

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