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This is an auction for 1812: NAPOLEON'S FATAL MARCH ON MOSCOW by Adam Zamoyski.

"Varied interpretations of Napoleon's retreat from his invasion of Russia have been attempted, but before confronting War and Peace, it behooves readers to ground themselves in the chronology of the 1812 campaign. Zamoyski sets the diplomatic table that preceded Napoleon's adventure, the 1807 treaties of Tilsit that made Russia France's ally. Resentment in Russia made them dead letters by 1811. Switching from incisive portraits of the principals in these preliminaries, Napoleon and the dreamy Czar Alexander I, Zamoyski synthesizes a comprehensible account of the invasion itself, buttressed by graphic descriptions that survivors left about their misery. Affairs deteriorated so rapidly for la Grande Armee that only a fifth of it actually reached Moscow. Zamoyski excels in the gruesome battle scenes along the way--Borodino, of course, but especially the invaders' disintegration at the Berezina River. Zamoyski displays not only narrative ability but also persuasive interpretive skill when he turns to events in the Russian camp. They belie the retrospective memory of nationalist resistance, which is a dubious proposition considering Russia's autocratic, serf-supported society. The author disclaims definitiveness for his panorama, but modesty won't protect him from deserved praise."
- a *** starred *** review in Booklist (US)

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Large format (trade) paperback 2004.

644 pages + 32 pages of illustrations.

Very good condition.

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