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Triumph and Disaster: Five Historical Miniatures

Triumph and Disaster: Five Historical Miniatures

Triumph and Disaster: Five Historical Miniatures

By Stefan Zweig
Translated by Anthea Bell

“Zweig drops into periods of history expertly. . . a series of short thrill-rides, where even if the reader knows why something occurred, it’s still a treat to see how Zweig raises the tension as he races to a well-known conclusion. . . Triumph and Disaster is stellar historical writing. Even as it zips by, it fully embraces this central thesis: sometimes the greatest change comes from the most unlikely places.”—Noah Cruickshank, the Field Museum, in Shelf Awareness

One of two beautifully designed hardback gift editions of Stefan Zweig's breathlessly dramatic historical sketches.

A single Yes, a single No, a Too Soon or a Too Late makes that hour irrevocable for hundreds of generations while deciding the life of a single man or woman, of a nation, even the destiny of all humanity.

Five vivid dramatizations of some of the most pivotal episodes in human history, from the Fall of Constantinople to Scott's doomed attempt to reach the South Pole, bringing the past to life in brilliant technicolor.

Included in this collection:
"The Field of Waterloo": A fascinating little-known story of Napoleon's defeat.
"The Race to Reach the South Pole": The failed expedition of the English to discover the South Pole first.
"The Conquest of Byzantium": Sultan Mahomet's defeat of Byzantium through a neglected door.
"The Sealed Train": Lenin's triumphant return from exile.
"Wilson's Failure": The Treaty of Versailles is signed.

Hardcover
160 pages
Pushkin Press, 2017
0.8 x 4.5 x 7 inches
ISBN 9781782272748
World History, Dramatic Essay

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