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Read online War and Peace: A Historical Novel.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC War and Peace: A Historical Novel Excerpt from War and Peace A Historical Novel When Russia already half conquered saw the inhabitants of Moscow flying to distant provinces while the levies of militia went on without cessation we who did not live then we fancy that every individual from the greatest to the least can have had but one idea that namely of sacrificing everything to save the country or to perish with it The records of the time indeed are full of traits of devotion and love of despair and anguish but the reality was far from what we fancy it The historic interest of those terrible years diverts our attention from the minor personal interests which by their more immediate pressure blinded contemporary witnesses to the importance of all that was going on around them About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books Find more at a target blank href http www forgottenbooks com rel nofollow www forgottenbooks com a This book is a reproduction of an important historical work Forgotten Books uses state of the art technology 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 by Leo Tolstoy

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War and Peace: A Historical Novel
Title:War and Peace: A Historical Novel
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