By Dominic Lieven
'A compulsive page-turner ... a triumph of fantastic storytelling ... an speedy vintage that's an grand, notable and exuberant fulfillment' Simon Sebag Montefiore
Winner of the Wolfson heritage Prize and shortlisted for the Duff Cooper Prize
In the summer time of 1812 Napoleon, the grasp of Europe, marched into Russia with the biggest military ever assembled, convinced that he could sweep every thing ahead of him. but lower than years later his empire lay in ruins, and Russia had triumphed. this is often the 1st heritage to discover extensive Russia's an important function within the Napoleonic Wars, re-creating the epic conflict among empires as by no means sooner than.
Dominic Lieven writes with nice panache and perception to explain from the Russians' standpoint how they went from retreat, defeat and the burning of Moscow to changing into the hot liberators of Europe; the implications of which may now not were extra important.
Ultimately this publication indicates, memorably and brilliantly, Russia embarking on its unusual, principal position in Europe's lifestyles, as either hazard and protector - a task that keeps, in all its complexity, into our personal lifetimes.
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