How Far From Austerlitz?: Napoleon 1805-1815

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Macmillan, Jul 15, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 464 pages
The Battle of Austerlitz was Napoleon's greatest victory, the culmination of one of the greatest military campaigns of all time. It was also the last battle the "Father of Modern Warfare" would leave in absolute triumph, for, though he did not know it, Austerlitz marked the beginning of Napoleon's downfall. His triumph was too complete and his conquest too brutal to last. Like Hitler, he came to believe he was invincible, that no force could halt his bloody march across Europe. Like Hitler, he paid dearly for his hubris, climaxing in bitter defeat at Waterloo in 1815. In a matter of years, he had fallen from grace. Alistair Horne explores the theme of military success and failure. He chronicles Napoleon's rise and fall, drawing parallels with other great leaders of the modern era.

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Alistair Horne, described by C.P. Snow as "one of the best writers of history in the English-speaking world," is the recipient of the French Legion of Honor, a Wolfson Literary Award, the Hawthornden Prize, and the CBE. His A Savage War of Peace and A Bundle form Britain were both New York Times Notable Books of the Year. He has written for The New York Times, Esquire, and The Washington Post. Alistair Horne lives in England and is a trustee of the Imperial War Museum.

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