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The Napoleon Options (Hardback)

Alternate Decisions of the Napoleonic Wars

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Edited by Jonathan North
Frontline Books
Pages: 279
ISBN: 9781473897847
Published: 4th May 2017

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This compelling alternate history, brilliantly written by fourteen leading international authors, presents the great maybes of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars The Napoleon Options focuses on some of the pivotal episodes of these catastrophic wars, giving them a resounding twist, and explores in detail an alternative sequence of historical events. Rooted firmly in reality, and projected from entirely factual events, these dramatic and plausible possibilities are played out as though they actually happened in vivid and dramatic narratives.

The Napoleonic Options presents ten scenarios spanning the years between 1796 and 1815. These include a full-blown French invasion of Ireland, a very real danger in the 1790s; Napoleons successful conquest of Egypt and the Middle East; Junots victory at Vimerio; the Austrian invasion of Bavaria in 1809; the Russian success at Borodino, and what might have happened at Waterloo. Amongst the addition contributions in this new extended edition are alternative outcomes to the battles of Essling, Austerlitz, Fuentes d Ooro, and New Orleans.

These captivating scenarios colourfully illustrate how alternate results might have radically re-shaped events and demonstrate the far-reaching consequences minor changes could have had upon the future course of history.

All the chapters of this book suceed in meeting the two most important criteria of counterfactual history. The first of these is making the reader pause and reflect on the strange and complex circumstances that shape history. Whether it be the effects of wind and tide on troop deployments, the presence of an inspirational commander at a pivotal moment on the battlefield, or even a decision to disobey an order. The Napoleon Options clearly and effectively demonstrates that there were numerous points at which the fate of the Napoleonic Wars could have been decided in a very different way. The second, equally important, criteria is that reading this book is quite simply good fun. The writing style is light and fast paced, inexorably drawing the reader on.

This is a book which grips you and keeps you guessing about which subtle elements of history have been rewritten.

Zack White, PhD Student, University of Southampton

About Jonathan North

Translator and editor: Jonathan North is a professional editor and a historian specialising in Napoleonic history. He spent a number of years in Eastern Europe before beginning a career in publishing in 1997. His publications include With Napoleon in Russia: The Illustrated Memoirs of Faber du Faur, In the Legions of Napoleon: The Memoirs of a Polish Officer in Spain and Russia, 1808-1812 and Napoleon’s Army in Russia: The Illustrated Memoirs of Albrecht Adam, 1812.

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