Books: How to Fight a Peace

THE CONGRESS OF VIENNA (312 pp.)—Harold Nicolson—Harcourt, Brace ($4).

The retreat from Moscow was over; in a room at Fontainebleau, the defeated Emperor Napoleon meditated suicide. "Preceded by the enormous Cossacks of the Imperial Guard . . . [Tsar Alexander I] rode slowly through the streets. In gaping astonishment the citizens of Paris gazed upon their conqueror. His enormous feet were thrust into stirrups of wrought gold . . . above the gold collar . . . they saw the face of a benignant calf."

It was not Russia alone that had conquered Bonaparte. But...

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