Adam Zamoyski was born in New York, educated at Oxford and lives in London. A full-time writer, he has written biographies of Chopin (Collins 1979), Paderewski, and The Last King of Poland, as well as a history of Poland and Holy Madness: Romantics, Patriots and Revolutionaries 1776 -- 1871. Rites of Peace, which describes Europe's response to the fall of Napoleon, was published in 2007.
'So brilliant that it is impossible to put the book aside ... A master craftsman at work.' Michael Burleigh, Sunday Times 'Zamoyski's book is a brilliant piece of narrative history, full of sparkling set-pieces, a wholly fascinating account of what must be reckoned one of the greatest military disasters of all time.' Sunday Telegraph 'No review can do justice to the scholarly integrity and human sensitivity of this book, or to the horror is describes ... 1812 is one of the greatest stories ever told.' Christopher Woodward, Spectator 'An utterly admirable book. It combines clarity of thought and prose with a strong narrative drive.' Daily Telegraph 'A gripping tale.' Economist 'The best non-fiction version to be written so far ... Zamoyski is brilliant at explaining what it must have been like to be a foot soldier.' Mail on Sunday