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War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy [Annotated]
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy [Annotated]
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4.0 out of 5 stars War and Peace transl. by Maude and Shanks, 14 Sep 2012
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This translation is competent and unobtrusive without risking any flights of imagination. There are one or two curious inconsistencies such as giving, alone out of the cast, Andrei Bolkonski an anglicised name, but generally it speaks of its time.


Assassination at St. Helena Revisited
Assassination at St. Helena Revisited
by Ben Weider
Edition: Hardcover

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2.0 out of 5 stars Assassination at St Helena revisited, 6 Feb 2011
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This book is the product of the Canadian businessman and bodybuilder Ben Weider's obsession with Napoleon. Napoleon has attracted the attention of innumerable cranks and conspiracy theorists, and this book is a prime example of this genre. There are indeed anomalies about Napoleon's life and death, and Weider hints at some and goes into copious details about others. Normally anyone advancing a maverick theory would also attempt to explain away the possible objections to them: Weider makes no attempt to do so. The bizarre timetable of the so-called poisonings is never explained or explored. If Montholon carried out the "assassination" at the behest of the Bourbons, why did he lend himself so far to Napoleon III's attempt to seize the throne in 1840 that he shared his subsequent imprisonment for 6 years? And so on. This book references a mine of useful and original information: it is a pity it did not make more constructive use of it.


Napoleon & St Helena: On the Island of Exile (Armchair Traveller)
Napoleon & St Helena: On the Island of Exile (Armchair Traveller)
by Johannes Willms
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.09

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Napoleon and St Helena, 6 Feb 2011
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Frenchmen and Englishmen have written several books about Napoleon on St Helena bur I thought that as a German Willms might provide an unusual viewpoint. I was not disappointed. His treatment is original, occasionally whimsical: he gives us some fascinating information, for instance a comparison of the living space Napoleon enjoyed at Malmaison, Elba and St Helena. He is particularly good on the postscript to the story - what happened to Napoleon's body after St Helena, and what happened to Longwood House after Napoleon. This book entertains as well as informs, written with a genuine affection for its subject and its location.


Twilight of the Habsburgs: Life and Times of Emperor Francis Joseph
Twilight of the Habsburgs: Life and Times of Emperor Francis Joseph
by Alan Palmer
Edition: Hardcover

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2.0 out of 5 stars Twilight of the Hapsburgs, 6 Feb 2011
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This was a well researched and informative book about the reign of the Emperor Francis Joseph. The complexities of internal politics, especially the Hungarian and Czech problems, were amply aired. The treatment of foreign affairs was dense but not especially illuminating. Francis Joseph may not have been the sort of character who spawned fascinating anecdotes, but it has to be said that the story of him and his family emerged as disappointingly dull. 19th century Vienna was a place of extraordinary energy and charm, but none of that features in this account. After finishing this book, I felt that the real issues underlying the last phase of the Hapsburg monarchy remained to be explored.


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