The Corsican Who Spoke Italian

Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleon was undoubtedly one of the greatest generals in history; he was as brilliant strategist and a thorough, if not innovative, tactician; his ability to inspire his men and earn their respect, admiration and affection was unparalleled; his campaigns were marked by remarkable foresight and rapid marches; his later campaigns (after 1806) were less brilliant, due both to his waning energies and his increasing tendency to entrust subordinates with tasks they did not understand or could not do; he was also a skillful administrator and possessed a prodigious memory, ruined in the end by his overgrown ambitions.

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