Napoleon Victorious (Hardback)
An Alternative History of the Battle of Waterloo
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It is June 1815 and an Anglo-led Allied army under the Duke of Wellington’s command and Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher is set to face Napoleon Bonaparte near Waterloo in present-day Belgium.
What happens next is well known to any student of history: the two armies of the Seventh Coalition defeated Bonaparte in a battle that resulted in the end of his reign and of the First French Empire.
But the outcome could have been very different, as Peter Tsouras demonstrates in this thought-provoking and highly readable alternate history of the fateful battle.
By introducing minor – but realistic – adjustments, Tsouras presents a scenario in which the course of the battle runs quite differently, which in turn sets in motion new and unexpected possibilities. Cleverly conceived and expertly executed, this is alternate history at its best.
Readers who enjoy counterfactual writing will enjoy this, especially if they are admirers of the Emperor. For wargamers, this book offers plenty of ideas for alternative, tabletop 'battles of Waterloo' as the author has cleverly contrived for most of the engagements to take place over much the same ground as in reality.Miniature Wargames, February 2019 – reviewed by Arthur Harman
What if histories are always fascinating. What if Hitler had invaded Britain, what if Napoleon had actually won at Waterloo. Generally, the type of alternative histories look at the aftermath, but this one is concerned with looking at the alternative strategies available to Napoleon at Waterloo and what would the outcome of those have been. The author does this by skillfully weaving actual fact and history into alternate history, without the joins showing. In this regard it sits halfway between the aforementioned histories and straight up historical fictions but does offer an intriguing look at how the fighting could have panned out.The Armourer, February 2019
Tsouras knows his subject, and both skilfully and cleverly tells an alternative version of events that really could have happened. This is a terrifically fun read. Highly recommended.Amazon Customer
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This is certainly a fun read. Presented in small dated reports, e.g. '13th June - South of Charleroi', it has a feel that is half history book, half novel. The latter element comes out most in the dramatised tableaux, where we feel more strongly that this is an imagined tale, as opposed to documentary fact. But it's done extremely well, the author clearly knowing his subject intimately.A Question Of Scale, Seb Palmer
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For What If history to work, it needs to be totally believable, and Peter G. Tsouras has made Napoleon Victorious! almost as much a work of history as of counterfactual history. You just can’t spot the seam where real events elide into the invented ones. This is alternative history at it's very best, in the hands of a master.Andrew Roberts, “Napoleon the Great”