Book Review – The Burning of Moscow, Napoleon’s Trial by Fire, 1812


This book provides a detailed account of the burning of Moscow and is the third volume 
of the author's in-depth reassessment of the war between the French and Russian empires. 
This is a work of scholarship, but one which is written in a lively style It has been very 
thoroughly researched and draws on a wide range of sources and eyewitness accounts, 
including French, Russian, German, Polish, and Dutch accounts. It is particularly interesting 
in that it has been released at the same time as “Stalingrad to Berlin” providing the opportunity 
to use two well researched and written works to compare the French experiences of 1812 and 
the German experiences between 1941 and 1945.