The Campaigns of Napoleon is in many ways a tour de force of historical writing. Chandler has a feeling for and a grasp of time and movement which makes past events readable and relevant. It is only to be regretted that the style is not more graceful and less the product of academia, perhaps inevitable in a work of such exhaustive scholarship. One follows the meteoric rise of Napoleone di Buonaparte of Corsica to Captain, General, First Consul and Emperor Napoleon I in barely more than a decade. At 24, Napoleon was in command of artillery at the siege of Toulon, and twenty two years later ""the ogre was safely caged at last, and an exhausted Europe settled down once more to attempt to return to former ways of life and government."" The creation of La Grande Armee, and the campaigns in Northern Italy, Egypt and Syria, Spain and Portugal, Germany, Austria, Poland and Russia, are all extensively described and analyzed in a study with a primary interest for the special reader of European and military history.