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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Napoleon's Idiot

Though perhaps apocryphal, this story illustrates the importance of clear writing, as well as speaking.
. . . [Napoleon] kept a severely retarded man, an "idiot", on his staff to review all commands issued from his headquarters before they were sent. If, and only if, "Napoleon's Idiot" understood them and could explain them, would the orders then be sent to his brilliant field commanders. This avoided many serious errors on the battlefield.

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