1812: Napoleon's Fatal March on Moscow

1812: Napoleon's Fatal March on Moscow

by Adam Zamoyski


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ISBN-13: 9780007123742
Publisher: Gardners Books
Publication date: 04/04/2005
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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Moscow 1812: Napoleon's Fatal March 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
john257hopper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Magnificent work of narrative history bringing home the sweep of historical events and many individual stories of suffering and horror experienced by the members of Napoleon's multinational Grande Armee. In the end Napoleon's defeat was down to a complete mis-estimation of the logistics involved in invading Russia and his elevation of his will and self-belief over the reality of conditions there. The Russian side does not come over well either, with constant bitter rivalry between mediocre or incompetent generals, including Marshal Kutuzov, still thought of as a Russian hero today, but nowhere near as great a general or leader of men as Napoleon. Great military history that really gives a feel for the ghastly experiences endured by the common soldier and civilian especially during the infamous retreat from Moscow.
BillDay on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
History at its best. A sweeping narrative that captures the progress of the invasion, the unfolding of the battles, the horror of the retreat, and the suffering of individual soldiers and civilians.
sy613 More than 1 year ago
This book details one of the most miserable campaigns in history. The author provides various perspectives, each with insight and detail, each interwoven with the others to maintain high interest. Zamoyski pays close attention not only to the French and Russian civil and military leadership but he describes with compassion and care the lives of the soldiers who had to suffer through this gruesome episode in futility.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very well written. I became so absorbed in the book that I felt as if I was seeing the events of Napoleons Moscow campaign first hand. This book is absolutely gripping.