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The Final Act

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No diplomatic event in history had so stellar a cast as the Congress of Vienna: Tsar Alexander, with his mystical visions, his chimerical moods. Talleyrand, cunning & duplicitous, who would act as a victor tho he represented a defeated nation. Castlereagh, alone in His Majesty's government to understand the necessity for a Concert of Europe, who single-handedly built B...more
Hardcover, 560 pages
Published October 15th 1997 by Henry Holt & Company (NYC) (first published October 15th 1996)
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Erik Graff
Jul 09, 2013 Erik Graff rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: modern European history fans
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I picked this one up a few days ago in Hayward, Wisconsin. If you find yourself there needing something to read check out the little store on the main street which raises money for pet rescue. The prices are good and the selection better than average.

This book surveys the Congress of Vienna, its main players and their subsequent careers. The beginning is almost lyrically descriptive. The ending, being the actual battle of Waterloo and its aftermath, trails off a bit, as if the author didn't devo...more
'Aussie Rick'
This book is a narrative history of the events leading up to and surrounding the Congress of Vienna conducted between 1814 and 1815. It takes the reader through the major cities of Europe and looks at the major characters involved in this defining moment in Europe's history. We see and hear from people such as Wellington and Napoleon, Tsar Alexander, Talleyrand, Castlereagh, Metternich and their Sovereigns.

We also get a good glimpse of those people who played a part behind the scene along with...more
This book was very comprehensive. It took a long time for me to work my way through this book, as the author spares no details in explaining the Congress of Vienna and Napoleon's return from Elba and eventual final fall. My only real critique is that the author tries to cram too much into this book. He tries to give us juicy details about the players' personal lives (the Metternich-Sagan affair was the best part of the book to me), then he switches to what is often dry narrative of political int...more
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