Excerpt from The Sword Hand of Napoleon: A Romance of Russia and the Great Retreat And w comes the, to me, most delightful task - the writing of the preface. I set about it blithely. The story has been dictated, transcribed, corrected, revised, serialised; the galley and page proofs have been carefully gone over with great attention; the pictures have been made; the publication campaign talked over and plans laid; the format of the book, the colour scheme for the cover, the unique wrapper, have all been attended to - everything is finished. The book is ready save for these few words. Why did I write this story? Well, for one thing because I was asked to do so, but mainly because I wanted to. In the first place it is just the kind of a story I like to write: I delight in it. It deals with a great character - albeit a bad one! - which I have made the subject of long study, and is laid in a period with which I am measurably familiar. And then it brings before the reader what is of the very essence of the dramatic, a contrast so striking and so vivid that one can fail to te it and dwell upon it. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.