The War of the Two Emperors: The Duel between Napoleon and Alexander: Russia, 1812 Curtis Cate

ISBN: 9780394536705

Published: September 12th 1985

Hardcover

487 pages


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The War of the Two Emperors: The Duel between Napoleon and Alexander: Russia, 1812  by  Curtis Cate

The War of the Two Emperors: The Duel between Napoleon and Alexander: Russia, 1812 by Curtis Cate
September 12th 1985 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 487 pages | ISBN: 9780394536705 | 7.37 Mb

A great and tragic story, well told. The book begins a bit slowly with essentially the first 100 pages setting the stage. It is necessary though in order to understand the players and their motivations. Since this is but one year out of the approximately 16 years of the Napoleonic Era, it also helps to have a basic historical understanding of those turbulent times.

Cates prose is generally elegant, if perhaps a trifle bookish. The cadence and language of the writing does a wonderful job mirroring Napoleons own pace. At first purposeful, then hesitant, finally doomed in headlong flight. The multitude of interwoven minor and major actors stories brings the whole grand and pathetic tale to life.

In the end, that the fate of so many was determined by the hubris and egos of so few, speaks volumes of the human condition.



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