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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Apr 2019 3:56 p.m. PST

…of Napoleon 1814-15

"The year is 1814. The Allies have driven Napoleon's once-mighty armies back to Paris. Trapped, forced to abdicate after two decades of triumphant rule, the Emperor takes leave of his comrades-in-arms and sets sail for his new domain – the tiny, poverty-stricken, pestilential island of Elba. Yet within ten months Napoleon will enter Paris once again, at the heels of the fleeing Bourbon king, flushed with victory and cheered by the masses. The Escape From Elba tells the heroic story of Napoleon's exile and phoenix-like return. In this classic account, now republished in paperback, Norman MacKenzie chronicles this extraordinary year: the tense last hours of Napoleon's empire, his humiliating exile, his midnight escape and his whirlwind march over snowbound mountains to Grenoble where, in a dramatic confrontation with the French army, he became a reigning prince again. Described in vivid detail are Napoleon's adventures as the head of Elba. He brought society, splendor, organization and political intrigue to this run-down backwater. And he displayed on this small stage the many sides of his charismatic personality"

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Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP14 Apr 2019 1:24 a.m. PST

Well the publisher's blurb is certainly open to "re-interpretation". The book may be great but the description given is simply useless. It is not clear if this is a serious history or even a novel. It does not make any claim to give the slightest new insight or analysis of events, but instead uses such flowery language…"heroic" for example.

This is a subject flogged unto death seemingly. If this adds anything it behoves the publishers to make that claim

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 Apr 2019 3:39 p.m. PST



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