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I am reading "The Military Maxims of Napoleon" because I want to revisit a classic text from my college years. It was through the eyes of combat veterans that I saw the wisdom of Napoleon. Men I respected referenced a handful of the same names. They resound today: Sun Tzu, Hannibal, Genghis Khan, William the Conqueror. These tacticians and strategists built upon the wisdom gained by the great generals of battles past. In time, they influenced George Washington, Ferdinand Foch, Dwight Eisenhower and Erwin Rommel.

Each of these commanders, as all great military leaders, carefully studied the masters of the art of war and each has in thime been studied by succeeding generations of field officers. From the mid-nineteenth century until the present time, one commander stands out as the most studied among military strategists: Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France.

Militaryt officers and scholars of military history continue to hold the wisdom of the French emperor in high esteem, and with good reasons, as his military record is among the most impressive in world history.

It feels good to hold his ideas in my hand.