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Reviews

  • Paul Strathern's enthralling description of this bizarre imperial adventure reads like Conrad's Heart of Darkness...as a piece of storytelling, it is a masterpiece

    Daily Telegraph
  • To begin with, the book leaps off the shelf-display into the hands: the dustjacket is a remarkably fine reproduction of a painting of Napoleon...This is an illuminating and most engaging book

    Spectator
  • Superb... Strathern tells the appalling tale of the forced marches across endless deserts...with commendable gusto

    Andrew Roberts, Sunday Telegraph
  • An ambitious and wonderfully detailed saga

    Financial Times
  • This is popular narrative history at its best

    Independent on Sunday

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