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Assassination at St. Helena Revisited Hardcover – October 13, 1995

ISBN-13: 978-0471126775 ISBN-10: 0471126772 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 555 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (October 13, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471126772
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471126775
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.5 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,541,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Napoleon was poisoned! The academic elite hated this theory when Sten Forshufvud first introduced it in 1961, but over the years, working with experts across the globe, he built an increasingly forceful case that an assassin killed Napoleon with arsenic. Assassination at St. Helena Revisited presents the most complete argument yet, and a growing number of authorities now accept its premise as an established fact. (See, for instance, Alan Schom's biography Napoleon Bonaparte.) Forshufvud and coauthor Ben Weider reveal their science and also detail Napoleon's final years of exile on St. Helena. The culprit, they believe, was Comte Charles-Tristan de Montholon, an opportunistic man who had both the motive and means to do the deed. A minor classic of historical and scientific detective work, Assassination at St. Helena Revisited will continue to spark debates, but for now it looks like the conspiracy theorists have the upper hand.

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An updated reissue, expanded with new evidence, of the classic book on how Napoleon died. Presents a well-argued case for who murdered Napoleon that is supported by today's leading experts on Napoleonic history. Contains exhibits of scientific evidence to establish who orchestrated and financed Napoleon's death.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Marie Audrey L. on November 22, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This formidable story brings us to the magnificent life of one of the greatest heroes ever existing on earth, and of his mysterious death. It all begins on a lavish sofa at Ajjacio, Corsica, on August 15th 1769,when the second child of the Buonaparte family was born.Then it continues with his becoming general, emperor of France, and conqueror of Europe, until his disastrous attack at Moscow, his abdication, the hundred days,and his exile to a little island in the middle of the Atlantic. It culminates with his poisonment of arsenic and goes through a great detail in his last days before his death.It expands new evidence of his intoxication behind the miserable and tragic life inside the walls of Longwood. Was he really poisoned? Who was really the culprit? How can the author be sure of that? Is there a possibility that Napoleon comitted suicide? You can find all of it in this book. If you're a great admirer of this Eagle of France, I'm sure you won't regret.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 18, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book for anyone who likes history and/or true crime stories. It's amazing that so little has been known about Napoleon's last days, and that so little attention has been paid to such a wonderful book that seeks to explain Napoleon's demise. Through a mix of science and story telling, Weider and Forshufvud weave a tale of intrigue and murder. Their analysis and conclusions are so compelling, and their evidence so convincing, that it would seem impossible for anyone, after reading this book, to believe anything other than Napoleon was poisoned. As someone who is trained in these same forensic sciences and investigative principles, this is a fantastic and accurate book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Shawn Tassone VINE VOICE on January 9, 2001
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This book was not exactly what I expected. I thought it would be a focused look at the reason the authors thought that Napoleon was assassinated, but much of the text is actually his campaigns and political life. It almost seems that they were trying to make the book look big by adding information that you can easily read in other texts. I really thought this one was going to be different but it fell a little short in my opinion.
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By bj203 on May 30, 2014
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For students of Napoleonic history, this is a must.
The two authors have put together a masterpiece of forensic investigation, with the ease of reading as a novel.
The dramas surrounding Napoleon's final years on St Helena provide the background for Dr Forshufvud's intriguing detective work and startling conclusions, which have been borne out by more recent spectroscopic analyses of authentic Napoleonic hair tissue, taken within 24hrs of his death.
Well worth reading indeed.
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