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Each lecture focuses on a historically significant leader—namely Alexander, Hannibal, Cæsar, Gustavus Adolphus, Frederick, and Napoleon—and “aims to indicate briefly what we owe to the great captains, and to draw an intelligible outline of their careers.”
Dodge has utilized an abundance of sources of information, from Arrian’s Anabasis of Alexander to Jomini’s Life of Napoleon, and the book is illustrated with 21 maps.