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Frederick the Great


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This welcome reprise of the great Prussian soldier-king provides some new insights into the tantalizing contradictions in his personality and behavior and retells the crowded events of his life in a comprehensive manner. Asprey's fresh prose and anecdotal style are appealing to the modern reader and detailed enough to satisfy the specialist. He is skilled at depicting the people who surrounded Frederick and in explaining the tortuous political and military affairs of the era. The book makes a nice companion to Christopher Duffy's Military Life of Frederick the Great ( LJ 1/86). Recommended for public and school libraries. Raymond L. Puffer, U.S. Air Force History Prog., Los Angeles

``This major biography of Frederick (1712-86) is as full an account of the Prussian ruler's exploits in war and peace as is likely to be written,'' asserted PW , ``Asprey fashions the disparate sides of this soldier-intellectual into a lucid narrative of his leadership.'' Photos. (September)

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