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Writer rescues Napoleon: was America ready for him?

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What would the Americans made of Napoleon, had he escaped from St Helena and started a new (and longer) life in the young United States?

The idea is explored in a debut historical novel by writer Shannon Selin – who’s also published, unusually, a video trailer for her book, Napoleon in America.

It sees him fetch up in New Orleans – once a French city – and then go around the country upsetting the ladies with pleasantries that don’t quite work.

Worse things happened across Europe in his day.

A review on the Kirkus books website tells how he is welcomed on arrival in Louisiana by cries of “Vive l’Empereur!” from Americans and French expats alike.

“Though enfeebled by his travels, Napoleon hasn’t lost his ambition or hunger for power; soon, he’s traveling around his new country and coming up with schemes every step of the way.”

The review does not say whether St Helena emerges at all favourably in the novel.

Read more here or watch the trailer here

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