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James R. Arnold
James R. Arnold is a military historian and the author of sixteen books. His first Napoleonic book was Crisis on the Danube (1990) followed by Napoleon Conquers Austria: The 1809 Campaign for Vienna (1995), the winner of International Napoleonic Society Literary Award. Dissatisfied with poor production standards and mainstream publishing’s unwillingness to integrate good maps and photos into the text, in 1998 he and his wife Roberta formed Napoleonic Books in order to produce quality editions of Napoleonic history. Napoleon Books’ first publication was Marengo and Hohenlinden: Napoleon’s Rise to Power (1999) followed by Crisis in the Snows: Russia Confronts Napoleon: The Eylau Campaign 1806-1807 (2007). In 2009 Napoleon Books published a revised anniversary edition of Crisis on the Danube, and Battles for Empire: Napoleonic Wargame Scenarios 1807 & 1809.

In 1983 the Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research published Arnold’s paradigm-shifting tactical study, “A Reappraisal of Column Versus Line in the Napoleonic Wars.” Because new generations need to be reminded of the errors and biases of the great British historians, Sir Charles Oman and Sir John Fortescue, in 2004 the Journal of Military History published an updated version of this seminal essay. Arnold’s essay on “The French Army in the Peninsula,” published in A History of the Peninsular War: Volume IX, Modern Studies of the War in Spain and Portugal, 1808-1814 (1999) expanded on the theme of French tactical practices.

Two of Arnold’s published essays address French leadership. His chapter on Marshal Victor appeared in David Chandler’s Napoleon’s Marshals (1987). Napoleon’s extraordinary leadership qualities were the topic of “Napoleon and His Men,” which appeared in Napoleon: The Final Verdict (1996).

In addition to his Napoleonic titles, Arnold’s latest works include Jungle of Snakes, a case study history of modern counterinsurgency, Grant Wins the War, a campaign study of Vicksburg, and Jeff Davis’s Own, the story of the future Civil War generals who served in the Second Cavalry in Texas during the Indian Wars. He recently completed a history of The Moro War — How America Battled a Muslim Insurgency in the Philippine Jungle, 1902-1913, published by Bloomsbury Press in 2010.

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Ralph R. Reinertsen
Ralph R. Reinertsen combines a life of world travel and a skill in solving complex business challenges with his training in history to examine the conflicts in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, specializing in the Napoleonic wars.

Napoleon Books published his joint work with James R. Arnold in Crisis in the Snows: Russia Confronts Napoleon: The Eylau Campaign 1806-1807 (2007) and Battles for Empire: Napoleonic Wargame Scenarios 1807 & 1809 (2009).

Reinertsen's contributions are acknowledged in exploring, with his critical eye, the Hohenlinden battlefield for James R Arnold's Marengo and Hohenlinden: Napoleon's Rise to Power (published by Napoleon Books in 1999), in researching several complex American Civil War issues for Grant Wins the War: Decision at Vicksburg (1997) and in examining Sheridan's use of modern fire and movement tactics for The Armies of U.S. Grant (1995).

Reinertsen resides in Basel, Switzerland, reflecting his European heritage and an upbringing in New Canaan, Connecticut. He founded Reinertsen Associates GmbH and received degrees in History and Economics.

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