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Napoleon Victorious (Hardback)

An Alternative History of the Battle of Waterloo

Napoleonic Greenhill Books Battle of Waterloo

By Peter Tsouras
Greenhill Books
Pages: 212
ISBN: 9781784382087
Published: 25th June 2018



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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.

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.

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Amazon Customer

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.

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A Question Of Scale, Seb Palmer

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”

About Peter Tsouras

Peter Tsouras has written critically-acclaimed alternate histories on D-Day, Gettysburg and Stalingrad. He was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. After army service in the US and Germany he retired from the US Army Reserve in 1994 in the rank of lieutenant colonel. After his army service Tsouras worked for the U.S. Army Intelligence and Threat Analysis Center (now the National Ground Intelligence Center) and the Defense Intelligence Agency.

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