War and Peace
by Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace Volume 4, Part 2, Chapter 8 Summary
- What should Napoleon have done when he got to Moscow?
- Here are a few things: 1) keep the army from looting; 2) provide it with winter clothes from the vast stores of goods in Moscow; 3) get provisions, again from Moscow stores; 4) get all set up to beat up the last bit of the Russian army and then march on Petersburg.
- Napoleon does none of these things.
- Why is he considered such a genius? Tolstoy thinks it’s all propaganda.