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With Napoleon in Russia: The Memoirs of General de Caulaincourt, Duke of Vicenza

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'My notes were made everywhere, at my desk and in my camp, every day and at all times of day . . . More than once it occurred to me that this journa, written under the very eyes of the Emperor, might fall into his hands; but that reflection did not check my pen' - Armand de Caulaincourt

•A unique and detailed account of Napoleon's disastrous attempt to conquer Russia

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Hardcover, 422 pages
Published November 24th 1976 by Praeger (first published January 1st 1935)
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Dec 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The major part of this book is fairly interesting as Caulaincourt (Master of the Horse), and self-proclaimed devotee of Napoleon describes the trauma and tragedy of the Russian campaign. His negative views of the campaign are obvious early on, which makes the reader wonder why he stuck around as the army moves farther and farther into Russia. A cynic might believe it's so he could say, "I told you so" as things go from bad to worse.

In fact, Caulaincourt continues to tell Napoleon and the reader
Mar 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The memoirs of the ill-fated Russian campaign written by Napoleon's aide-de-camp and master of horse, are a rare and unique window into the workings of willpower as a catalyst of fate.

Dormant for over 100 years, Caulaincourt's diary lay unpublished and in the possession of his family until World War I, when the German army destroyed his state, and with it, the original manuscript. That was until 1934, when explorations amidst the rubble of his chateau, helped unearth a twisted metal safe that c
Quite simply a fascinating, primary source account of Napoleonic efforts on the Russian Campaign. The Aide de Camp in question General Armand De Caulaincourt (Duke of Vicenza) walks the reader through the events as they occurred. He had kept meticulous notes along the time span of events. This account of the Russian Campaign is a wonderful accompaniment to Tolstoy’s “War and Peace.” I was slightly disappointed in “War and Peace” in that all through that book Tolstoy never once references The Tre ...more
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Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is essential reading for anyone who enjoyed the military history in War and Peace.
General Caulaincourt was at Napoleon's side throughout the magnificent assault and the disasterous winter retreat. When the horses froze to death he walked. As the once mighty French army moved, humiliated, through Poland and as they limped back into Paris, he was there. This is not a history book. It is military history as it should be writ; by an accute observor who, with minimum of gloss and spin, tells the reader how it really was.
Don't be put off by the archaic lanuage, the translation fro
Nov 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Taas on kohta luettu läpi kirja jostakin merkittävästä historian tapahtumasta, mikä tarkoittaa taas kerran jotakin suurmiehen typerää sotaa, josta sadat tuhannet sotilaat ja siviilit saivat taas kerran kärsiä. Tässähän suomalaisia koskettaa eniten Tilsit ja Aleksanteri I, jotka taas palautuvat tällä lukijalla Niskasen suvun esi-isään Jussiin, joka joutui sotaan muutama vuosi ennen tämän kirjan tapahtumia mainitulla paikkakunnalla solmitun sopimuksen vuoksi. Jussin komppanian kapteeni oli muuten ...more
Aug 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: history, biography
Written by Napoleon's "Master of Horse", this book details from a first-hand perspective Napoleon's decision to invade Russia, the disastrous decision to occupy Moscow and the resulting retreat and disintegration of the French Army. It includings N's personal musings on this life, his ambitions and his legacy. It is definitely not a complete history of the campaign and some parallel (or prior) reading is required. There are things I still don't understand but this book tells a gripping story.
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An essential piece for anyone seeking to learn more on the Grande Armée and Napoleon's 1812 campaign into Russia. However, Caulaincourt distances himself from many of Bonaparte's crucial decisions that determined the outcome of Russia's "success".
Jun 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Read an an earlier edition (1935 ?)
Mar 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Unto itself not something to read just for the heck of it. Invaluable resource/ partner Volume to War and Peace.
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