The fall of Napoleon: the final betrayal
This important study of the cause and effects of Napoleon's removal from power tracks the significant events in his illustrious career through to his downfall and, while doing so, charts the clandestine diplomatic intrigues linking Britain, Austria, Russia and Prussia in the quest for the Emperor's demise.
Using substantial new research, David Hamilton-Williams questions many of the established views presented in Napoleonic literature to date. By disclosing hitherto secret terrorist organizations, uncovering the attempts to assassinate Napoleon, highlighting unbridled political duplicity, and demonstrating a host of previously misinterpreted signals and actions, he instigates a fresh assessment of the fall of Napoleon, new reasons to consider how much it was self-inflicted and how much it became inevitable given the combined forces - 'friend' as well as 'foe' - ranged against him.
However great his military campaigns, how often he was victorious on the battlefield, Napoleon was destined to be deposed by political connivance and personal betrayal.
This volume is the second of a trilogy by David Hamilton-Williams. In Waterloo: New Perspectives he shed new light on the greatest battle of all, causing historians to reappraise their opinions and revise their maps; in The Last Battles: Napoleon, Murat and the Italian Campaign he reviews the chequered partnership between the Emperor and the commander he made King of Naples.
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paign. decided to abandon the capital and withdraw. 'Moscow is a city, Moscow is
not Russia,' he told his despairing generals. Napoleon entered an empty city,
with no one to receive him or surrender to him, the Governor, General Rostopchin
He would have liked to annihilate them en route, but found that they had passed
the Reisen mountains. Changing his mind, he decided to bring Bliicher to battle,
but that old warrior had taken 'two steps backwards' behind the River Weistril ...
If the Silesian Army reaches Paris first, I shall at once have the bridges of
Austerlitz and Jena blown up, as well as the Arc de Triomphe.'22 Hardly the
sentiments of the proclamation. Contrary to normal practice the Allies had
decided to open a ...
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THE FALL OF NAPOLEON: The Final BetrayalUser Review - www.kirkusreviews.com
A well-researched and original, if somewhat overwrought, history of Napoleon's fall from power, from his return from Moscow to his death in 1821 on the island of St. Helena. Hamilton-Williams ... Read full review
The fall of Napoleon: the final betrayalUser Review - Not Available - 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 ... Read full review