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John Steele Gordon"War," Thomas Hardy once wrote, "makes rattling good history." If you would like an example of exactly what Hardy meant, I commend Russia Against Napoleon…Mr. Lieven…does the English-speaking reader a service by telling this story from a distinctly Russian perspective, one looking west, not east…His character sketches of the main Russian players in this epic drama are sure, his depiction of Russian social, economic and military realities revelatory…This is a story of great sweep and drama, played out over the map of Europe by larger-than-life characters whose names are still familiar to us today. And Dominic Lieven, a master of the material and a fine writer, tells it rattling well.
—The New York Times