Angus Konstam

Historical Atlas of the Napoleonic Era

This is a good overview of the most important battles taken place during the Napoleonic era, most of course within Europe, but some events also within the Unites States, like the War of 1812 and the debut internationally speaking of the US Navy. Three are the parts that make up this Atlas: Text; illustrations; and maps. The texts are okey, there is not much space left to go over all the facts, or even over all the main facts that lare the subject of each chapter (all chapters are 2 pages long), but are sufficient to get an idea. The illustrations are poor but abundant, and the maps are generously provided in regards to size and abundance of information, the only thing is that too much information about the battles is offered in those maps, making them little less than chaotic and difficult to understand.

 

At the end there's a chapter on the main Napoleonic marshals, quite a lot of them, which deserved to have more space alloted since the characters are barely mentioned. If the book is meant as an appetizer for further reading it does the job. Every chapter conveys to the reader the importance and interest that those events deserve. Still, one feels that -given the extraorindary interest of the subject matter- more and better could have been given us in this book.


"Es cierto que el Romano es libre de hacer todo lo que quiera. Pero también lo es que tiene que soportar las consecuencias de sus actos. No importa que se haya equivocado, que le hayan engañado o incluso forzado: un hombre no se deja forzar: etiamsi coactus, attamen voluit. Es libre; pero si distraído, imprudente o atontado, prometió pagar una determinada cantidad y no puede pagarla, se convierte en esclavo de su acreedor."

Rudolph von Ihering

“Slavery, protection, and monopoly find defenders, not only in those who profit by them, but in those who suffer by them.”

Frédéric Bastiat

On the true nature of the Castro Revolution in Cuba: "The revolution was a cover for committing atrocities without the slightest vestige of guilt ... we were young and irresponsible. We were pirates. We formed our own caste ... we belonged to and believed in nothing -no religion, no flag, no morality or principle. It's fortunate we didn't win, because if we had, we would have drowned the continent in barbarism."

Jorge Masetti -In the Pirate's Den

La anarquía, es decir, la ausencia de fuerza estatal, no es una forma de Estado, y cualquiera que acabe con ella por el medio que sea, el usurpador nacional o el conquistador extranjero, rinde un servicio a la sociedad. Es un salvador, un bienhechor, porque la forma más insoportable de Estado es la ausencia de Estado.


Rudolph von Ihering

"El envidioso está afligido no solo por sus males propios, sino por los bienes de los demás."  -Hipias

[la norma de conducta de los progres] "No hacer nada que alguien pueda envidiarme." -Hipasos

NINOTCHKA,

O EL DISCRETO DESENCANTO CON EL SOCIALISMO 

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Seguimos a la espera de la reedición de este importante libro del gran escritor español José Pla

Historia de la Segunda República.

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También a la espera de este importante libro del genial Rafael Abella.

Finales de enero, 1939, Barcelona cambia de piel

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