1812: Napoleon's Fatal March on Moscow

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This is the story of how the most powerful man on earth met his doom, and how the greatest fighting force ever assembled was wiped out.; By 1810 Napoleon was master of Europe, defied only by Britain, which he could not defeat because he had no navy. His intention was to destroy Britain through a total blockade, the Continental System. But Tsar Alexander of Russia now refused to apply the blockade, and Napoleon decided to bring him to heel.; Napoleon quickly realised that nemesis awaited him, and the events of 1812 had a colossal impact on the fate of Europe: a great patriotic surge helped turn the Russians into a nation (hence Tchaikovsky's '1812' overture) and led them to reject Western values; the Germans began their fateful 'Prussification'; the French lost their cultural dominance.

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Adam Zamoyski was born in New York, was educated at Oxford, and lives in London. A full-time writer, he has written biographies of Chopin (Collins 1979), Paderewski, and The Last King of Poland, as well as a history of Poland and HOLY MADNESS: ROMANTICS, PATRIOTS AND REVOLUTIONARIES 1776--1871.

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“Adam Zamoyski’s account of the 1812 campaign is so brilliant that it is impossible to put the book aside.” (Michael Burleigh, The Sunday Times)

“A harrowing account. ... Utterly admirable. It combines clarity of thought and prose with a strong narrative drive.” (Antony Beevor, The Daily Telegraph)

“Told with vigor, sweep, and insight, Moscow 1812 brings this epic moment to life in a thoroughly fascinating way.” (Jay Winik, author of April 1865)

“Zamoyski elegantly delivers gripping storytelling, bold revisionism, and poignant suffering.” (Simon Sebag Montefiore, The Evening Standard)

“Hundreds of books have been written about Napoleon’s invasion of Russia. Moscow 1812 is perhaps the best.” (John Lukacs, author of Five Days in London)

“Powerful. . . . Brilliant. Zamoyski’s exposition of the 1812 campaign is a model of elegant clarity.” (T.J. Binyon, The Sunday Telegraph)

“A brilliant, chilling account.” (Ed Vulliamy, The Observer)

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