The Battle (Revised edition)

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The Battle is the book Balzac always wanted to write and, beginning his story with Balzac's own words (`On Tuesday 16th May 1809 . . .'), Rambaud has finally achieved his predecessor's dream. The eponymous battle - now commonly described as Napoleon's first major defeat on land in Europe - took place at Essling, near Vienna; forty thousand men died in forty-eight hours. With vivid detail and meticulous accuracy, Rambaud paints a frighteningly convincing picture of the scene, imbuing the reader with a sense of the full ...

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