Napoleonic Wars
The Illustrious Dead: The Terrifying Story of How Typhus Killed Napoleon's Greatest Army
The Illustrious Dead
The Terrifying Story of How Typhus Killed Napoleon's Greatest Army
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0307394050

"Gripping . . . a compelling story of personal hubris and humbling defeat."
--Jack Weatherford, author of the New York Times bestseller Genghis Khan and the Making of the
Modern World

In a masterful dual narrative that pits the heights of human ambition and achievement against the supremacy of nature, New York Times bestselling author Stephan Talty tells the story of a mighty ruler and a tiny microbe, antagonists whose struggle would shape the modern world.

In the spring of 1812, Napoleon Bonaparte was at the height of his powers. Forty-five million called him emperor, and he commanded a nation that was the richest, most cultured, and advanced on earth. No army could stand against his impeccably trained, brilliantly led forces, and his continued sweep across Europe seemed inevitable.

Early that year, bolstered by his successes, Napoleon turned his attentions toward Moscow, helming the largest invasion in human history. Surely, Tsar Alexander's outnumbered troops would crumble against this mighty force.

But another powerful and ancient enemy awaited Napoleon's men in the Russian steppes. Virulent and swift, this microscopic foe would bring the emperor to his knees.

Even as the Russians retreated before him in disarray, Napoleon found his army disappearing, his frantic doctors powerless to explain what had struck down a hundred thousand soldiers. The emperor's vaunted military brilliance suddenly seemed useless, and when the Russians put their own occupied capital to the torch, the campaign became a desperate race through the frozen landscape as troops continued to die by the thousands. Through it all, with tragic heroism, Napoleon's disease-ravaged, freezing, starving men somehow rallied, again and again, to cries of "Vive l'Empereur "

Yet Talty's sweeping tale takes us far beyond the doomed heroics and bloody clashes of the battlefield. The Illustrious Dead delves deep into the origins of the pathogen that finally ended the mighty emperor's dreams of world conquest and exposes this "war plague's" hidden role throughout history. A tale of two unstoppable forces meeting on the road to Moscow in an epic clash of killer microbe and peerless army, The Illustrious Dead is a historical whodunit in which a million lives hang in the balance.
Jena, Auerstaedt: The Triumph of the Eagle
Jena, Auerstaedt
The Triumph of the Eagle
Hardcover      ISBN: 2908182769

The First Empire was at its height during the Jena-Auerstadt campaign of 1806. The campaign was a classic of Napoleonic tactics, as Marshal Davout held one German army at bay while Napoleon concentrated his forces to defeat the main one.

This excellent book combines an informative narrative with paintings oft he battles and a superb collection of images of uniforms and equipment from the period - all in color.

By the same author and available from Casemate

Borodino-The Moskova: The Battle for the Redoubts

Wagram: At the Heyday of the Empire

Moscow 1812: Napoleon's Fatal March
Moscow 1812
Napoleon's Fatal March
Paperback      ISBN: 006108686x

By 1810, Napoleon Bonaparte ruled nearly all of Europe. But he wanted more. He plotted to destroy Britain with a continental blockade, but the plan was stymied when Russia's Tsar Alexander refused to comply. Napoleon retaliated with an invasion of Russia; what followed was an epic battle that would change the course of history.

Napoleon's invasion of Russia and his ensuing retreat from Moscow was both a turning point in military history, and a human tragedy on a colossal scale. In this gripping, authoritative account of history's first example of total war, Adam Zamoyski paints a vivid picture of the experiences of soldiers and civilians on both sides of the conflict, creating an unforgettable work.

Adam Zamoyski was born in New York and educated at Oxford. He is the author of Holy Madness: Romantics, Patriots, and Revolutionaries 1776-1871. He lives in London.

"Zamoyski elegantly delivers gripping storytelling, bold revisionism, and poignant suffering." -- Simon Sebag Montefiore, The Evening Standard--Jay Winik, author of April 1865

Napoleon: A Life
Napoleon
A Life
Paperback      ISBN: 0143037455
From New York Times bestselling author Paul Johnson, "a very readable and entertaining biography" (The Washington Post) about one of the most important figures in modern European history: Napoleon Bonaparte

In an ideal pairing of author and subject, the magisterial historian Paul Johnson offers a vivid look at the life of the strategist, general, and dictator who conquered much of Europe. Following Napoleon from the barren island of Corsica to his early training in Paris, from his meteoric victories and military dictatorship to his exile and death, Johnson examines the origins of his ferocious ambition. In Napoleon's quest for power, Johnson sees a realist unfettered by patriotism or ideology. And he recognizes Bonaparte's violent legacy in the totalitarian regimes of the twentieth century. Napoleon is a magnificent work that bears witness to one individual's ability to work his will on history.
Napoleon: A Life
Napoleon
A Life
Paperback      ISBN: 0143127853
The definitive biography of the great soldier-statesman by the acclaimed author of The Storm of War--winner of the LA Times Book prize, finalist for the Plutarch prize, winner of the Fondation Napoleon prize and a New York Times bestseller

"A thrilling tale of military and political genius... Roberts is an uncommonly gifted writer."
- The Washington Post

Austerlitz, Borodino, Waterloo: his battles are among the greatest in history, but Napoleon Bonaparte was far more than a military genius and astute leader of men. Like George Washington and his own hero Julius Caesar, he was one of the greatest soldier-statesmen of all times.

Andrew Roberts's Napoleon is the first one-volume biography to take advantage of the recent publication of Napoleon's thirty-three thousand letters, which radically transform our understanding of his character and motivation. At last we see him as he was: protean multitasker, decisive, surprisingly willing to forgive his enemies and his errant wife Josephine. Like Churchill, he understood the strategic importance of telling his own story, and his memoirs, dictated from exile on St. Helena, became the single bestselling book of the nineteenth century.

An award-winning historian, Roberts traveled to fifty-three of Napoleon's sixty battle sites, discovered crucial new documents in archives, and even made the long trip by boat to St. Helena. He is as acute in his understanding of politics as he is of military history. Here at last is a biography worthy of its subject: magisterial, insightful, beautifully written, by one of our foremost historians.
Napoleon: A Life
Napoleon
A Life
Hardcover      ISBN: 0465055931
The definitive biography of Napoleon -- hailed as "magnificent" by The Economist.

"What a novel my life has been " Napoleon once said of himself. Born into a poor family, the callow young man was, by twenty-six, an army general. Seduced by an older woman, his marriage transformed him into a galvanizing military commander. The Pope crowned him as Emperor of the French when he was only thirty-five. Within a few years, he became the effective master of Europe, his power unparalleled in modern history. His downfall was no less dramatic.

The story of Napoleon has been written many times. In some versions, he is a military genius, in others a war-obsessed tyrant. Here, historian Adam Zamoyski cuts through the mythology and explains Napoleon against the background of the European Enlightenment, and what he was himself seeking to achieve. This most famous of men is also the most hidden of men, and Zamoyski dives deeper than any previous biographer to find him. Beautifully written, Napoleon brilliantly sets the man in his European context.
Napoleon and Berlin: The Franco-Prussian War in North Germany, 1813
Napoleon and Berlin
The Franco-Prussian War in North Germany, 1813
Hardcover      ISBN: 0806133996

At a time when Napoleon needed all his forces to reassert French dominance in Central Europe, why did he fixate on the Prussian capital of Berlin? Instead of concentrating his forces for a decisive showdown with the enemy, he repeatedly detached large numbers of troops, under ineffective commanders, toward the capture of Berlin. In Napoleon and Berlin, Michael V. Leggiere explores Napoleon's almost obsessive desire to capture Berlin and how this strategy ultimately lost him all of Germany.

Napoleon's motives have remained a subject of controversy from his own day until ours. He may have hoped to deliver a tremendous blow to Prussia's war-making capacity and morale. Ironically, the heavy losses and strategic reverses sustained by the French left Napoleon's Grande Armee vulnerable to an Allied coalition that eventually drove Napoleon from Central Europe forever.

Napoleon and the Transformation of Europe
Napoleon and the Transformation of Europe
Paperback      ISBN: 0333682750

Alexander Grab explores the impact of Napoleon's domination throughout his empire and the response of the Europeans to his rule. This important book focuses on the developments and the events in the ten states that comprised the Grand Empire: France itself, Belgium, Germany, The Illyrian Provinces, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland. Grab discusses Napoleon's exploitation of occupied Europe and particularly his reform policies, and assesses their success in transforming Europe.

Napoleon and the World War of 1813: Lessons in Coalition Warfighting
Napoleon and the World War of 1813
Lessons in Coalition Warfighting
Hardcover      ISBN: 0714648930

This analysis of the world war between Napoleon and the 6th coalition in 1813 covers operations in Europe, Spain and North America. It examines the differences between alliances and coalitions, comparing the long-term international relationships in alliances and the short-term union of coalitions.

Napoleon Bonaparte: England's Prisoner
Napoleon Bonaparte
England's Prisoner
Paperback      ISBN: 0786710764

Focusing on the last six years of Napolean's life, from his arrival at Devon to his exile on St. Helena, a compelling study of Napoleon in captivity attempts to recreate the fallen emperor by exploring contemporary documents and public records of opinion. Reprint.