• "Paul Strathern's enthralling description of this bizarre imperial adventure reads like Conrad's Heart of 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"

  • "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