Frederick the Great: King of Prussia

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Penguin, Dec 28, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 703 pages
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The military genius of his age, Frederick the Great has always aroused extreme opinions. Some saw him as "the greatest man who ever lived, " while others have accused him of creating the Prussian ultra-nationalism that culminated in Hitler. But this paternalistic ruler, who once said he wanted nothing more than to be remembered as "Le Roi des Gueux" -- The King of Beggars -- was also a polymath of prodigious energy, whose intellectual prowess astounded 18"th"-century Europe. Judicious, well-researched, and wonderfully readable, David Fraser's biography is set to become the standard life of this extraordinary man.

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Review: Frederick the Great: King of Prussia

User Review  - Charles Puskas - Goodreads

I read parts of this book along with Nancy Mitford title of the same name. Both follow the same basic chronology, although Fraser provides more detail especially regarding specific battles of the Seven Years war. His maps and charts are helpful. He writes with a strong military expertise. Read full review

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User Review  - Gerry - Goodreads

Didn't make it through. The author uses a number of French phrases unexplained. I don't read or speak French, so there were a number of holes I had to gloss over. Read full review


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As a member of the Grenadier Guards for many years General Sir David Fraser has used his personal knowledge to write a fascinating account of their history from 1656.

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