For tactical and strategic ingenuity, for daring and ruthless determination and the capacity to inspire troops, Frederick the Great was without equal In this detailed life of Old Fritz, Christopher Duffy, who has written widely on the army of Frederick and on the armies of his adversaries, Austria and Russia, has produced a definitive account of his military genius Military history of Frederick the Great Good for describing the battles, but could usecontext about how his life and experiences impacted his military decisions. This book left me disappointed The sections covering the Silesian and Seven Years wars were detailed and thorough, but seemed so hyperfocused on the battles themselves that it was dry reading I realize I m reading a military history, but it seems limiting to be so narrow in focus For example, Duffy writes only two lines mentioning the resignation of Pitt and its impact on British policy, which must have affected how the continental war was being fought In comparison, the beginning and end ch This book left me disappointed The sections covering the Silesian and Seven Years wars were detailed and thorough, but seemed so hyperfocused on the battles themselves that it was dry reading I realize I m reading a military history, but it seems limiting to be so narrow in focus For example, Duffy writes only two lines mentioning the resignation of Pitt and its impact on British policy, which must have affected how the continental war was being fought In comparison, the beginning and end chapters, that lookedholistically at Frederick s upbringing, tactics, and impact, were muchinteresting, and I felt I got a lotout of them I had long been fascinated with this military genius, especially after living in Germany and visiting Potsdam, so this book was naturally attractive My admiration of Frederick only grew after reading it, but don t tell my Austrian friends. This is a detailed summation of Frederick s military life, including anecdotes, tactics, and a stirring narrative that lays bear a figurecomplex than the Old Fritz of popular legends.