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The Illustrious Dead

The Terrifying Story of How Typhus Killed Napoleon's Greatest Army

by Stephan Talty

Paperback, 315 pages, Broadway, List Price: $15 |

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The Illustrious Dead
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The Terrifying Story of How Typhus Killed Napoleon's Greatest Army
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In a dual narrative that pits the heights of human ambition and achievement against the supremacy of nature, Stephan Talty tells the story of a mighty ruler and a tiny microbe, antagonists whose struggle would shape the modern world.