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The Peninsular War: A New History
Charles J. Esdaile
Progress: 369/640 pages

Reading progress update: I've read 48 out of 520 pages.

The Paraguayan War, Volume 1: Causes and Early Conduct - Thomas L. Whigham

Whigham doesn't mess around when it comes to detailing the causes of the war -- he starts with pre-Columbian human migration and the Spanish settlement. His points about the different societies are persuasive, too, but it still feels a little excessive compared to Leuchars's book