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This is an auction for THE ILLUSTRIOUS DEAD: THE TERRIFYING STORY OF HOW TYPHUS KILLED NAPOLEON'S GREATEST ARMY, by Stephan Talty.

"When Napoleon invaded Russia in 1812, typhus ravaged his army, killing hundreds of thousands and ensuring his defeat. After summarizing the havoc this disease wreaked on earlier armies and sketching Napoleon's career, the book describes his invasion of Russia with more than 600,000 men. Almost immediately typhus struck. Infected lice excrete the microbe in their faeces, and victims acquire the disease by scratching the itchy bite. Talty describes the effects in graphic detail: severe headaches, fever, delirium, generalized pain and rashes. Death might take weeks, and fatalities approached 100% among Napoleon's increasingly debilitated, filthy, half-starved soldiers. Talty makes a good case that it was typhus, not winter, that crushed Napoleon, and delivers a breezy, popular account of a gruesome campaign, emphasizing the equally gruesome epidemic that accompanied it."
- Publishers Weekly (US)

Amazon.com review:

"In the spring of 1812, Napoleon Bonaparte was at the height of his powers. Forty-five million called him emperor, and he commanded a nation that was the richest, most cultured, and advanced on earth. No army could stand against his impeccably trained, brilliantly led forces, and his continued sweep across Europe seemed inevitable. But a powerful and ancient enemy awaited Napoleon’s men in the Russian steppes. Virulent and swift, this microscopic foe would bring the emperor to his knees."

More very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Hardback 2009.

315 pages.

Near new condition.

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There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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