After an unplanned hiatus last week (sickness in the family), I'm proud to be back on the air with the newest episode of Second Decade. This is the third and final part in my series on Napoleon in Russia, and if I say so myself, I think it could well be the best episode yet. This was a really amazing, thought-provoking, sad and tragic subject to delve into, and it's far more complicated than the conventional wisdom about it would have you believe. Given the utter devastation of the war, I come away from the subject thinking that the victorious bombast of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture
is a little inappropriate.
As I finish this episode I have to give a shout out to historian Adam Zamoyski, whose book 1812: Napoleon's Fatal March on Moscow, one of the chief sources I used for this series, is an absolute masterpiece. If you're interested in this subject, I highly recommend this book. It's thick and dense, but it's a great read and brings to the forefront so many personal stories of this tragic event.