Napoleon in America

Those of you who know me will know that I’m partial to the writer but with all the objectivity I can muster I have to say that this book is superbly conceived and executed — I know what good writing is. The style is extremely precise and the dialogue authentically rendered in the language of the day. Philosophically speaking, it offers a compelling exercise in what has been variously termed “counterfactual history”, “alternative history”, “speculative history”, and so on. This novel does not wear its research and its philosophical imagination on its sleeve. It’s far more subtle than that: the learning is finely and unobtrusively woven into the tapestry — driven first and foremost by the telling of a cracking yarn.

Speaking of philosophy and Bonaparte, did you know that . . .

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