Russia is the country that, more than any other, has haunted Donald Trump’s presidency. It began when allegations of Russian collusion first appeared during the 2016 campaign and continues as a glut of Russian crude drives U.S. frackers into bankruptcy.
There was another world leader over whose career Russia loomed like a specter: Napoleon Bonaparte. Napoleon burst onto the European scene like a meteor. He broke all the rules first of French politics, then of European warfare. His unconventional tactics, relentless ambition and brilliant strategic intuition allowed him to establish the greatest empire Europe had seen since Rome.
Then he invaded Russia.
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