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The fall of Napoleon: the final betrayalUser Review - Book Verdict
This second volume in a trilogy following Waterloo: New Perspectives (LJ 10/1/94) explores the political and diplomatic intrigues carried out by France's enemies-Britain, Russia, Austria, and Prussia-while at the same time describing the military campaigns of 1813, 1814, and 1815 and the deceit and treachery of those surrounding Napoleon himself. A dedicated Bonapartist, British historian Hamilton-Williams spares no one in exposing the double and triple crosses perpetrated by such leading figures as Castlereagh, Talleyrand, Davout, and Fouche to bring about the restoration of the Bourbon Louis XVIII and the murder of Napoleon. An in-depth account is given of the "White Terror" that swept France in the aftermath of Waterloo, resulting in the execution of many of the emperor's ex-marshals and generals. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries.-David Lee Poremba, Detroit P.L.