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Very interesting book -- well-written and offering a substantial notes section.
As Talty notes near the end of the book, "General Winter" has stereotypically been assumed to have been the great wrecker of Napoleon's Grand Armee in Russia.
"The Illustrious Dead" is a gripping mix of narrative military history, science and detective story.
This book makes a sound case for the destruction of Napoleon's Grand Army, not by General Winter, or Generals Kutuzov and Bagration, but by General Typhus. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Matthew J. Brennan
A truly interesting look at the role disease played in shaping the events of history. Not just a book for history snobs, it is easy to read and grasp for even the uninitiated... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Adam Austin
Talty does a good job writing an interesting and entertaining account of the Napoleonic invasion of Russia. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Nicholas Roberts
Learned quite a bit on the russian invasion.This is the 2nd book I read by Tally, and both were very good. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Flashy
On June 24, 1812, Napoleon Bonaparte's Grande Armee crossed the boarder into Imperial Russia. Though enemy activity was minimal in the beginning, French casualties began to mount. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Kurt A. Johnson
This is a very interesting view of Napoleon's army. Sometimes I get "battle fatigue" when reading about armies but I found this book to be well-balanced.Published on February 3, 2013 by Kathleen Matheson
I've read several books on Napoleon's Russian campaign, and not one of them has blamed typhus for the near total destruction
of his army. Read more
An excellently detailed history of Napoleon, his personality and his war plans. It is hard to imagine the size of his armies, the number of deaths, the filth and hunger and the... Read morePublished on January 27, 2013 by msbooklover
I have often thought about getting one of those ereaders, but you just can't find unusual titles like this one on the websites that have ebooks.Published on December 28, 2012 by Howard Hamilton