Books: Nepotism

Louis NAPOLEON AND THE SECOND EMPIRE (342 pp.] — J. M. Thompson —Noonday Press ($4.50).

A resolute exile named Louis Napoleon, nephew of the great Bonaparte, crossed the Rhine into Strasbourg one day in 1836 and waved one of his uncle's aigles (eagle standards) at the French garrison.

"Soldiers! A new destiny awaits you," he cried. "March with me ... !" A whole regiment obeyed, and Louis (no soldier) marched them stoutly into a blind alley; immediately, loyal officers put the pint-sized pretender in the guardroom. French authorities bundled Louis off to the U.S.,...

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