By using present tense he brilliantly combines his own prose with extracts from memoirs and letters into a story-like telling of the history that transports the reader back two hundred years. We are there observing Napoleon throughout the campaign; we see what those around him and elsewhere in the Grande Armée saw and we ‘experience’ what they experienced.
I have the single-volume, paperback edition of this fabulous trilogy of the 1812 campaign—the three-in-one, budget version. It has since been re-released as the original three volumes. These latter are better reproductions of the work, particularly the plates and maps. Naturally the content is the same, but, in hindsight, I would have preferred to have spent more on the better quality, three-volume version.