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.
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.
June 2, 2001 |
Officials of the Forensic Institute of Strasbourg said Friday that tests on five samples of emperor Napoleon Bonaparte's hair confirm "major exposure to arsenic." The results were presented at a news conference featuring a leading proponent of the poisoning theory: Ben Weider, a Canadian author of six books on the emperor. Napoleon was the victim of a British-French conspiracy and died at the hands of a friend, Weider claims.