With reference to the military side—the plan of campaign—that work of genius of which Thiers remarks that, "His genius never devised anything more profound, more skillful, or more admirable," and enters into a polemic with M. Fain to prove that this work of genius must be referred not to the fourth but to the fifteenth of October—that plan never was or could be executed, for it was quite out of touch with the facts of the case.
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Half way through the book it changed from a dispassionate history to a polemic.
She published a polemic arguing that orchestras are now on "the sidelines of culture" and that their decline is "unstoppable".