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War and Peace

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.

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