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In the aftermath of his defeat to the Allies Napoleon had one last throw of the dice to regain power.
Returning from his exile on Elba, Napoleon encourages French forces to fight with him once more as leader, and to discard their loyalty to the French king who had exiled him.
The old Emperor marched to Paris and seized power within weeks, appointing his own men and looking for foreign excursions to prove his merit.
Yet he knew other European nations would fight against him, seeing his forces move to French borders to launch attacks, firstly upon little Belgium.
The Allies presented themselves there in case Napoleon advanced further into the country.
His force of 125,000 met a combined Allied force of over 200,000, and was defeated by guile, cunning and brilliance in battle.
Describing the events using first-hand sources, the writer, who has also penned a biography of Wellington in ‘The Duke’, transports the reader vividly into Napoleon’s final hurrah.
‘The Hundred Days’ is a brilliant history of the one of the most dramatic episodes of 19th century history that culminates in the Battle of Waterloo.
Praise for Philip Guedalla:
‘Polished, witty, lucid, excellently proportioned.’ – The Times
‘A brilliant piece of work.’ – Spectator
‘Lively, dashing, entertaining.’ – Daily Telegraph
Philip Guedalla, born in 1889, died in 1944. At Oxford he was President of the Union Society; later he was called to the Bar and contested several Parliamentary elections as a Liberal. Having become interested in British relations with South America, he founded the Ibero-American Institute and was responsible for the Latin-American Division of the British Council. During the war he lectured in both North and South America, and broadcast frequently to South America. Among other distinguished books by him are The Second Empire, Palmerston, The Duke and The Hundred Years.
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