from the review
There is no doubt, as Andrew Roberts shows, that Napoleon was a general of exceptional talent. His earliest campaigns in Italy and Egypt turned him into a hero. An intellectual with an enormous grasp for details, he had a hypnotic personality and was a master of flexibility, control and movement.
Again myths, the Egyptian campaign was a fiasco - the lost sea battle of Abukir, the retreat in Syria - the premature escape to France leaving behind an army in dire straights - which only the very capable Kleber re - organised efficiently.
On all those failures a blind eye is turned upon - ignoring all the shortcomings of the general Bonaparte - which he never learned from.