A cradle-to-the-grave of one of the most intriguing rulers in history, King Frederick the Great who raised the small kingdom of Prussia to major power status in the turbulent military and political struggles of the 18th century. A cruel childhood forced him to lie, deceive and cheat in order to enjoy, if only for brief periods, the life of an intellectual. Once on the throne he spent many years of often brilliant field command of his army in seemingly endless campaigns. He remained an intellectual, however, an essayist, historian, poet, flautist, consorting when possible with the French writer Voltaire.
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Robert Asprey is a military historian whose articles and books are internationally respected. Born in 1923 he served as an officer in the Marines in World War II and in the Korean War. A Fulbright scholar, he studied at both Oxford University and the University of Vienna. His works include the best-selling War in the Shadows—The Guerrilla in History.From Library Journal:
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
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Book Description Ticknor & Fields, 1986. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 161 x 241 x 46mm. A little minor discolouration to jacket edges and sunning to jacket spine, otherwise as new. NB: An extra shipping charge may be requested for heavier or more valuable items. All our 'Seller Images' show the actual item you will receive. Bookseller Inventory # 010129
Book Description Costello, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. With unclipped dust jacket free from nicks and tears though faded to spine. Red cloth boards with gilt titles. Internally clean throughout although there is an abrasion mark to the front end paper where a label has been removed (NOT ex Lib). Asprey spent 10 years researching and writing this biography resulting in the definitive biography of the King which provides a fresh and compelling portrait viewed from a contemporary perspective and immensely readable. Overseas buyers please note additional shipping charges will be required. Bookseller Inventory # 004036