First Edition. The history of the conflict between Napoleon and Talleyrand in the last two weeks of Napoleon's reign is a fascinating historical review. While much has been written about the military campaigns of Napoleon, this book is perhaps one of the best at describing why he actually fell from power. What becomes clear is that even after the debacle in Russia, and the many subsequent defeats during his retreat through Europe, it was not a forgone conclusion that Napoleon, or his surrogate, would still not rule. In fact, from a military point of view, Napoleon did not have to surrender when he did. While Napoleon may have factored in the response of the Allies in determining his future, the one person who he failed to take into consideration was his ex-Foreign Minister Talleyrand. Talleyrand knew what the Allies should have known. That Europe was not secure until Napoleon was forever removed from the throne of France. It was a tribute to Talleyrand that he was able to maneuver the Allies, French Generals and the French people into assuring that Napoleon or his son would not keep the throne. The book is well written and although it is full of information flows easily. This is a good read.
Napoleon and Talleyrand: The last two weeks
1976 Stein and Day NY