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Memoris and Biographies
Author: Alistair Horne
ISBN: 0312187246
Subcategory: Historical
Pages 464 pages
Publisher St. Martin's Griffin (July 15, 1998)
Language English
Category: Memoris and Biographies
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by Alistair Horne

Napoleon 1805-1815 book. How Far From Austerlitz is a loose historical overview of Napoleon from 1805 to 1815, though the author really stops caring after the battle of Austerlitz in 1805

Napoleon 1805-1815 book. Daily Telegraph Book of the Year. How Far From Austerlitz is a loose historical overview of Napoleon from 1805 to 1815, though the author really stops caring after the battle of Austerlitz in 1805. So really, the full title of this book should be: How Far From Austerlitz?: Napoleon 1805 to I Don't Care. This book was like eating vanilla I read this book to help make sense of War and Peace. For awhile, I was reading it concurrently; then I realized that if I wanted to finish Tolstoy before my 80th birthday, I had to make that a full time committment.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. In How Far from Austerlitz? accomplished military historian Alistair Horne covers the pivotal decade of Napoleon's career. Traces the rise and fall of Napoleon, explains the reasons for his success, and describes Napoleon's greatest victory and greatest defeat. Starting with the victories at Ulm and Austerlitz and concluding with the defeat at Waterloo, Horne treats his subject like the hero of a Greek tragedy, full of the hubris that ultimately will cause his downfall.

Napoleon 1805-1815", Alistair Horne His A Savage War of Peace and A Bundle form Britain were both New York Times Notable Books of the Year

Napoleon 1805-1815", Alistair Horne. Эту книгу можно прочитать в Google Play Книгах на компьютере, а также на устройствах Android и iOS. Выделяйте текст, добавляйте закладки и делайте заметки, скачав книгу "How Far From Austerlitz?: Napoleon 1805-1815" для чтения в офлайн-режиме. His A Savage War of Peace and A Bundle form Britain were both New York Times Notable Books of the Year. He has written for The New York Times, Esquire, and The Washington Post. Alistair Horne lived in England and was a trustee of the Imperial War Museum.

Originally published in Great Britain by Macmillan, 1996. Parts of this book were originally published 1979 by William Morrow and Company In. New York, as: Napoleon, master of Europe 1805-1807"-Title page verso. Includes bibliographical references and index. A Thomas Dunne book"-Title page verso.

Alistair Horne explores the theme of military success and failure in How Far From Austerlitz? . A London Sunday Times Book of the Year A Daily Telegraph Book of the Year.

Alistair Horne explores the theme of military success and failure in How Far From Austerlitz? He chronicles Napoleon's rise and fall, drawing parallels with other great leaders of the modern er. The Battle of Austerlitz was Napoleon's greatest victory, the culmination of one of the greatest military campaigns of all time. It was also the last battle the "Father of Modern Warfare" would leave in absolute triumph, for, though he did not know it, Austerlitz marked the beginning of Napoleon's downfall. His triumph was too complete and his conquest too brutal to last.

In October 2006 the book was republished and in January 2007, by phone from his home in England, Horne was invited to take part in an Iraq War discussion panel on the . How Far from Austerlitz? Napoleon, 1805–1815. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1996.

How Far from Austerlitz? Napoleon, 1805–1815. Telling Lives: From . Yeats to Bruce Chatwin. London: Papermac, 2000.

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In How Far from Austerlitz? accomplished military historian Alistair Horne covers the pivotal decade of Napoleon's career.

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Let me begin by saying that I am a huge fan of Alistair Horne's, not that he needs my endorsement to cement his place in the front rank of historians produced in the twentieth century. Some of his works are literally the best historical narratives ever written, such as "A Savage War of Peace" and "To Lose a Battle." That said, this is not the venerable Mr. Horne's most inspiring work. I found that the book suffered from a certain lack of focus and cogency.

The purpose Mr. Horne gave for writing the book was to apply a fresh perspective as to how and why Napoleon and his Grande Armee could go from the dominance of Austerlitz to destruction at Waterloo in just under a decade. However, the reader may find that Horne often wanders from the stated objective set out for "How Far From Austerlitz?" as he provides detailed descriptions of major Napoleonic battles from Ulm to Jena and Moscow to Dresden. And the author is quick to compare and contrast the experience of the Napoleonic Wars to the Second World War, especially focusing on the similarities between Napoleon and Hitler. I enjoyed (but others might be irritated) by Horne's frequent historical analogies, such as likening the British expeditionary forces in Spain and at Waterloo to the British Expeditionary Forces of World War I and World War II, while the successful British retreat and evacuation from Corunna in 1808 is held up as comparable to Dunkirk.

So what brought Napoleon from the heights of Austerlitz to the barren rock of St. Helena? Horne emphasizes three causes to Napoleon's ultimate defeat, although he never really lays them out cleanly and clearly.

First, he gives more credit to the British economy for the defeat of Napoleon than the vaunted British Navy. He writes that British gold enabled England to better endure the effects of the Continental System and underwrote much of the seven coalitions that battled the French over twenty-three years. If, at any time, the British economy had collapsed, Horne suggests that the contest would have been over.

Second, Horne accentuates the impact of the disastrous Russian campaign of 1812 and the inability to replace the estimated 180,000 horses lost in that epic retreat. Horne argues that the manpower and leadership losses were severe and certainly damaging, but were not necessarily catastrophic to the Napoleonic war machine. The loss of horses, on the other hand, was devastating. The horse supply could simply not be replaced and much of Napoleon's previous success, in Horne's opinion, had relied on the mobility, intelligence, and logistical advantage that horses gave to the Grand Armee.

Third, and by far most important, is Horne's argument that Napoleon was a military giant and diplomatic pygmy. Thus, not surprisingly, Talleyrand figures prominently in this book. Horne suggests that had Napoleon listened to his master diplomat he may have achieved much of his ambitious dreams on the continent in the long run. The problem with Bonaparte's victories, Horne often claims, is that at first they were either too easy (Ulm) or too sweeping (Austerlitz), and then they were too hard and closely fought (Eylau and Friedland) to encourage accommodation with the defeated. When Talleyrand resigned after yet another victor's peace at Tilsit, Horne argues that the long train of Napoleon's defeat was ultimately set in motion. "Military supremacy and conquest cannot of themselves buy political success. If only Bonaparte had listened to Talleyrand..."

Horne ends the book with a comment that is particularly intriguing given the state of world affairs in 2008 (although the book was published in a very different time - 1998).

"Yet, if the prolonged struggle over Napoleonic hegemony has any lesson, or moral, useful to Britain [and presumably the United States] today, it is perhaps the value of coalitions. Muddled and inefficient as they may be, two world wars and a cold war show that, in the long run, they win wars - and possibly prevent them. Powers, however strong, that exist alone, isolated, are usually doomed."

All told, this is a solid narrative of the Napoleonic campaigns of 1805 to 1815, but it could have benefited from less military history and a better articulation and defense of the author's thesis on Napoleon's fall, as that was what he claimed to strive for in the book in the preface.
I enjoy the few books that I have read by this author and this one was not exception. Here he tells the whole story of Napoleon's part in the Napoleonic Wars while comparing it to more modern conflicts such as World War II. At first I was skeptical about all the comparisons as another reviewer stated, but I actually enjoyed most of them. As an American we do not hear many things about Napoleon and everything about World War II. Although I know much about Napoleon, I feel that the average reader does not. His comparisons to more contemporary events such as WWII allow the reader to grasp the significance of them. The only downside with the book is that it does not go into very much detail except when talking about the Battle of Austerlitz. This book could have easily been twice or even three times as long if the author went into greater detail. However overall this is a great book to either refresh your Napoleonic knowledge or if you want to learn about Napoleon for the first time. However if you are a knowledgeable Napoleonic enthusiast this book will not add much more than you already know. I would still recommend it however, it is worth the read.
... To quote from an old Leonard Cohen song, "Dress Rehearsal Rag." The message is much the same, but Alistair Horne derives this book's title from Rudyard Kipling's poem, "A St. Helena Lullaby." Specifically, "How far is St. Helena from the field of Austerlitz?"

How far indeed, from the genius (and luck) of Napoleon's brilliant military victory over the Austrians in 1805, when everything plus went right; to his lonely exile only 10 years later, in one of the most remote places on earth, St. Helena island in the South Atlantic. My copy of this work is the one published in 1997, with the infinitely superior cover, the painting of Paul Hippolyte Delaroche, with a seated Napoleon whose facial expression exemplify the French word "hébété," (dazed, stupefied, bewildered).

I'm in complete agreement with the sentiments expressed in the review by Timothy Graczewski: I too am an immense fan of Alistair Horne, and feel that A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954-1962 (New York Review Books Classics) along with his trilogy on the Franco-German conflicts: The Fall of Paris: The Siege and the Commune 1870-71,The Price of Glory: Verdun 1916 and To Lose a Battle: France 1940 are some of the very best historical narratives of the 20th Century. The intensity and feeling of his writing come deep from within the man, as he says in the preface: "For "The Price of Glory", I plodded for many days round the battered forts and crater-fields of Verdun. Sometimes the sadness of it all reduced me to tears." But, like Graczewski, I feel this work lacks a certain focus and cogency. It's lively, and well-written, but just a bit too `breezy." And my personal indicator of how important a book is, the number of passages I have to mark in the margins, came up far too short.

In the first fourth of the book Horne sets the stage for Austerlitz, starting with the meteoric rise of the young "adventurer" from Corsica, arriving on the stage of a country that had been racked by a revolution that famously consumed its own children. By 1802 he was crowning himself Emperor in Notre Dame. With his charisma, he built "La Grande Armeée", with devoted "grognards" (veterans) who literally would walk to Moscow for him. Horne devotes chapters to the other major battles, including the Peninsular campaign, prior to Napoleon's disastrous invasion of Russia in 1812. The author also covers the diplomatic maneuvering, the feints at peace that were only rest-stops on his way to his vision of a unified Continental Europe. The book contains excellent maps of the battles, along with numerous drawings of the principals and events. Horne has not lost his knack for selecting incisive epigraphs for his chapters, and they range from one from Stendhal's The Charterhouse of Parma (Oxford World's Classics) to Madame de Stael, for the Epilogue: "One must not be at war with everyone."

There are some memorable passages for being "breezy." Consider Horne's lead-in to the "what ifs" of history: "There is an (apocryphal) anecdote about a British dignitary interviewing Chairman Mao. He asked him what, in his opinion, might have happened if, instead of President Kennedy, Khrushchev had been assassinated. Mao reflected a while, then replied, `It's hard to tell. But I don't suppose Mr. Onassis would have married Mrs. Khrushchev!'"

Although historical specialists might quibble about varying degrees of emphasis, overall, this is an excellent account of the Napoleonic period for the general reader. Normally, I'd consider this a 5-star book, if written by another historian, but in relationship to his other work, I'll join the vast majority of other reviewers with "only" 4-stars.