Russia Against Napoleon: The True Story of the Campaigns of War and Peace Hardcover – 15 Apr 2010
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Winner of the Wolfson History Prize 2009 and shortlisted for the Duff Cooper Prize (various )
A compulsive read. This master storyteller and scholar has written an instant classic that is awesome, remarkable and exuberant. (Simon Sebag Montefiore The Scotsman )
(He creates) an historic canvas that is both overwhelming and meticulous ... he inevitably touches the nerve points of modern power politics. (The Economist )
An essential reference ... the Princess would have approved. (The Spectator )
(An) erudite, monumental piece of historial research ... it's a great tale with a clear argument, baked by an impressive array of sources and detail. (Charles Clover Financial Times )
A superbly crafted book (Alexander M. Martin TLS )
Lieven tells it with all the verve of the enthusiast and the erudition of the fine scholar he is ... The result is a balanced, informed and entirely convincing explanation of how Russia was able to defeat the Napoleonic empire. It is also a perfect marriage of scholarship and engaging narrative that fills a yawning gap in the historiography of the period, while entertaining the reader (Adam Zamoyski, Standpoint )
A lucid and detailed account (Geoffrey Hosking London Review of Books ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Winner of the 2009 Wolfson Prize for History & shortlisted for Duff Cooper Prize
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So, a word of warning; it is by no means a light read. It may be advisable to get a general overview of Napoleons campaign in Russia, and the subsequent Liberation of Europe, before diving into this book.
It is such a joy to read the full account of the Russian struggle in the Napoleonic wars. It is about time they were given fuller credit for their part in his downfall. Very much as the Soviet Union, for all its faults, should be given the credit that it is due for its sacrifice in bearing the brunt of the war against Hitler.
Having said all this there is one glaring fault that really lets the book down - hence 4 stars, not 5. The author goes into immense detail with his descriptions of the battles - he could probably have written a book for each one. But, and it is a huge but, he does not provide the kind of maps that would help the reader to follow the battles. By chpt 12 this ommission actuallybecomes quite burdensome. He could easily have made this work into 2 vols., and have included far more maps on the pages opposite the descrptions; nice shiny colour maps would have been perfect.Read more ›
Russia Against Napoleon is a history book that reads like a novel. This is Dominic Lieven at his very best. His text is rich and insightful, incredibly well researched, colourful, intellectually provocative, and at times humorous. I have just finished reading it and I see myself going back to it over and over again. It is a feast of the mind.
It has more useful information than any book I have read on the Napoleonic period since Chandler (and I was a tenager then,so I knew nothing).
It is, in short, essential for anyone with any interest in the later part of the Napoleonic period.
It is so good I bothered to make an Amazon review for it - and I never bother with Amazon reviews.
The book covers many subjects, but in the main, moves along in chronological order, sometimes breaking that rule when chapters cover a broader subject. So for instance, the rebuild, reorganisation and cogent system being put in place about recruiting covers a few years span.
The book also details much of the internal politics and individual thoughts of the main Russian players. I’d say that as an administrator and planner, Bagration comes out very well. He was the one that seems to have really picked up the ball and ran with it when it came to getting the mess that was 1805 and sorting it out into a better machine by 1812. Though helped by a predecessor's work, he made good on where he picked it up.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Detailed but lacking in any diagrams of the campaigns or battles.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
hard going, a lot olf information but with a pre knowledge of the campaiege it will jell . TBPublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Highly recommended. Assessment of Alexander I is an eye-opener and the performance of the Russian army in logistics as well as on the battlefield is admirable.Published 15 months ago by Raymond Leslie Jones
an outstanding piece of work had me gripped until the especial if wellington had been defeated there was a large Russian army present ready to deliver the final blow.Published 19 months ago by Mr. C. Dunne
This is an excellent historical account of the wars with Napoleon before his first exile to Elba. In other words the main and real war with Napoleon fought by the Russians. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Mr. Nj Mcallister