One Hundred Days: Napoleon's Road to Waterloo (2020)

One Hundred Days: Napoleon's Road to Waterloo Alan Schom One Hundred Days Napoleon s Road to Waterloo On February Napoleon exiled Emperor of France now dressed in a simple green uniform as Colonel of the Grenadiers stepped aboard the brig L Inconstant to the wildly enthusiastic cheers of hi
  • Title: One Hundred Days: Napoleon's Road to Waterloo
  • Author: Alan Schom
  • ISBN: 9780195081770
  • Page: 183
  • Format: Paperback
One Hundred Days: Napoleon's Road to Waterloo Alan Schom On February 26, 1815, Napoleon, exiled Emperor of France now dressed in a simple green uniform as Colonel of the Grenadiers stepped aboard the brig L Inconstant to the wildly enthusiastic cheers of his Elban subjects Three days later, having barely avoided a British warship and a French naval vessel loyal to the Crown, the L Inconstant traded the white flag of Elba forOn February 26, 1815, Napoleon, exiled Emperor of France now dressed in a simple green uniform as Colonel of the Grenadiers stepped aboard the brig L Inconstant to the wildly enthusiastic cheers of his Elban subjects Three days later, having barely avoided a British warship and a French naval vessel loyal to the Crown, the L Inconstant traded the white flag of Elba for the French Tricolor as the rocky coast of the Cap d Antibes came into view With his return to French soil, accompanied only by a small force of one thousand men, Napoleon had set into motion the momentous events that would, over the next one hundred days, propel Europe once again into total war, ending only with the routing at Waterloo of the seemingly invincible Grande Armee, and Napoleon s final exile on St Helena In One Hundred Days, Alan Schom offers us an epic tale of intrigue, high drama, and ultimate tragedy By turns harrowing and exhilarating and always charged with an undercurrent of impending doom One Hundred Days is nothing less than the definitive account of Napoleon s final campaign, told with the characteristic panache of one of our premier narrative historians Landing unopposed near Cannes, Napoleon and his tiny army began their march through a hostile countryside impoverished by years of war, famine, and conscription But gradually, thanks mainly to the Emperor s legendary charisma, thousands of men joined his ranks, swelling the force to nearly 20,000 soldiers By the time these impressive columns reached Paris, Louis XVIII had fled the city and only crowds and parades remained to greet Napoleon s seemingly inevitable return to power But fate was against him this time the allies, stunned by what appeared to be a remarkable reversal of fortune, were already on the move All roads now led to Waterloo Besides being a lively and detailed look at Napoleon s final months as one of the most feared and revered men in Europe, One Hundred Days also offers vivid portraits of the many complex and fascinating personalities who surrounded him Schom has mined a rich trove of little known diaries, memoirs, military dispatches, and letters to allow this diverse cast of characters, whenever possible, to speak for themselves He brings to life in compelling fashion all of Napoleon s generals, his enemies, his ministers, even the common soldiers who fought in the apocalyptic showdown in Belgium And, of course, there is the omnipresent, titanic figure of Napoleon himself, readying the invasion, mustering troops, and, amid the frenzy and confusion of the final battle, coming to the agonizing realization that all was over We have taken Napoleon s hat, wrote Metternich to his daughter a few days after Waterloo, It is to be hoped that we will now end in capturing the man himself Within a month, the defeated Emperor was aboard the English frigate Bellerophon bound for exile, and thus dropped, in Marshal Ney s words, the final curtain of the Napoleonade More than an account of one of the formative events in modern European history, this book adds a human dimension to a story that has, over the years, assumed mythic proportions.
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One thought on “One Hundred Days: Napoleon's Road to Waterloo

  1. Nick

    This one you can judge by its cover I guess I m kind of starting at the end with Napoleon here spoiler alert What I liked about this book is that the author didn t just cover Waterloo in fact, the entire military campaign makes up maybe a fifth of the book This leaves the rest to what I really wanted to see, namelyNapoleon s governance of France and to a small extent planning for the future it s to a small extent as he doesn t seem to have thought much past battling the rest of Europe, and of co [...]

  2. Anna

    Steer clear of this book While his venom is amusing, Schom verges on fabrication here He attempts to assassinate the character of every major figure, except for St Arthur, Duke of Wellington It is apparent this is deliberate he gets about half way through building up to his revelation of the evil Davout then he realizes that the man is clean Squeaky And Schom rapidly retreats from that battlefield He gets names wrong throughout the book there is a huge difference between Frederick Wilhelm III an [...]

  3. Preston

    I started this book hoping to read a factual account of Napoleon but instead found it to be very biased against Napoleon, not to mention the dozens of grammar mistakes that kept on popping up It s personally disappointing to me because I invested so much time and got almost two thirds of the way through this book before I realized how egregious Schom s errors were in writing this book Spare yourself the wasted effort and read something else.

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