The Barbed Crown by William Dietrich

William Dietrich has blessed us with another book in his series about fictional character Nathan Gage. Since the initial book in the series, I have loved Dietrich’s books. His latest book, The Barbed Crown: An Ethan Gage Adventure, is set almost entirely in Europe (a first for the series). Here is a brief description of the book’s plot from the publisher: In this latest adventure by New York Times bestselling author William Dietrich, Ethan Gage is out to foil Napoleon’s...

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Napoleon and the Art of Diplomacy by William Nester

NAPOLEON AND THE ART OF DIPLOMACY: How War and Hubris Determined the Rise and Fall of the French Empire by William Nester is not about Napoleon’s diplomacy as art, but more as brute force. Nester traces Napoleon’s rise to power as a successful general in the mid 1790s to the master of Europe in 1812 and how it all came crashing down in 1814.  Throughout this time, Nester contends that Napoleon wove a web of alliances through treaties and setting relatives on the thrones of various...

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