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The Illustrious Dead : The Terrifying Story of How Typhus Killed Napoleon's Greatest Army - Stephan Talty

The Illustrious Dead

The Terrifying Story of How Typhus Killed Napoleon's Greatest Army

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In the spring of 1812, Napoleon was at the height of his power. Forty-five million called him emperor.

Unstoppable in his relentless pursuit of territory and authority, he held sole command of a nation that was the richest and most potent on earth, the most cultured, the furthest advanced in medicine and science and technology.

In that fateful year, Napoleon turned towards Moscow at the helm of the largest invasion force in the history of mankind. His army was a thing of martial beauty, honed by constant warfare and brilliantly led. No army on earth could stop Bonaparte from conquering the world. But there was something waiting in the Russian steppes that would test Napoleon to his limit and bring his dreams of a world empire to a shocking close.

It was not a brilliant general or an unseen alliance, but the tiny typhus microbe.

The Illustrious Dead tells the tale of these two unstoppable historical forces meeting on the road to Moscow in a clash of killer pathogen and peerless army.

About the Author

Stephen Talty is the author of the critically acclaimed Mulatto America and the bestselling Empire of Blue Water. A widely published journalist, he has contributed to The New York Times Magazine, GQ, Men's Journal and Details, among others.


"Extremely informative"


A very interesting read so far. I have only read the first chapter it is a bit too involved in some parts which makes it hard to follow. But nevertheless I will continue to read it as it is a subject which holds my interest.



The Illustrious Dead

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ISBN: 9781921372940
ISBN-10: 192137294X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 315
Published: 3rd August 2009
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.2  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 23.4
Edition Number: 1