March 4, 2008
Re "War and peace, the Army way," Opinion, Feb. 28 Face it: The Iraq fiasco has degenerated into a failed colonial war. No Army Field Manual will ever change it. Staying there for another 100 years won't change it. Commanders from Napoleon Bonaparte onward have stated that counterinsurgencies must avoid killing, gain respect from the occupied nations and quickly restore peace and normal commerce. We have instead destroyed Iraq as a functioning state, and it is bleeding us and the Iraqis white.
December 24, 2005 |
Louse-borne diseases such as typhus and trench fever devastated Napoleon's army during his ill-fated invasion of Russia in 1812, killing nearly a third of his army, according to a study by French researchers. Napoleon invaded Russia with half a million men that summer but escaped with only a few thousand. Twenty-five thousand French soldiers escaped to Vilnius, Lithuania, during the retreat, but only 3,000 survived to continue the retreat. The rest were buried in mass graves.
March 11, 2005 |
With "Monsieur N.," director Antoine de Caunes and writer Rene Manzor have fashioned an elegant, sophisticated mystery from a combination of contradictory historical records and tantalizing speculation that surrounded the fate of Napoleon Bonaparte during his exile on the island of St. Helena beginning in October 1815 after his defeat at Waterloo.
June 20, 2004 |
It's inevitable that those who write about Napoleon Bonaparte find themselves thinking of their youth and when they discovered the emperor's existence. Steven Englund remembers reading "The History of Napoleon the First" as a boy attending a Los Angeles junior high school.
April 8, 2003 |
With U.S.-French relations at a modern-day low, it may seem like a strange time for an American network to be celebrating the life of France's greatest warrior with an epic miniseries. Thankfully, A&E's two-part, four-hour "Napoleon," airing tonight and Wednesday at 8 p.m., won't make relations any more acrimonious.
December 22, 2002 |
Napoleon and Wellington The Battle of Waterloo and the Great Commanders Who Fought It Andrew Roberts Simon & Schuster: 350 pp., $27 * In recent years there has been a spate of books with a similar approach -- the depiction of parallel lives -- and seldom have they been successful. A portrait of two lives is not necessarily more interesting than that of one life, especially when they are forcibly put next to each other.