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Empire's Eagles : The Fate of the Napoleonic Elite in America

To celebrate the bicentenary of the emperor’s death, the Alliance Française USA network the French cultural services are presenting on June 02 at 7 PM a conference by Thomas Crocker, about the publication of his latest book : Empire's Eagles: The Fate of the Napoleonic Elite in America (Prometheus Books 2021).  

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This story begins at sunset on Sunday, June 18, 1815. Napoleon Bonaparte is in desperate flight from the battlefield at Waterloo. The Prussians and English are hard at his heels. Racing to reach Paris, he abandons on the road his bullet-proof coach and Imperial nécessaire containing a fortune in precious gems and cash. Will he stand and fight again or flee to the United States?

On the run and with his options dwindling by the day, Napoleon comes within one hour of secretly slipping to America on a Baltimore privateer arranged by the free-lancing U.S. Consul in Bordeaux. Empire's Eagles opens by telling the secret details of this story for the first time.

About the Author

Thomas E. Crocker is a native Washingtonian. From 1975-81 he served as a Foreign Service Officer, specializing in Portuguese and West European politico-military matters, base negotiations, and expansion of NATO. For many years he was a partner in a large national law firm, Alston & Bird LLP, where he co-headed the International Trade and Regulatory practice group.  In writing Empire's Eagles, the author drew on his more than 40 years of experience as a lawyer and diplomat to assess the evidence and explain the diplomatic contexts in which the story unfolds.

In addition to Empire's Eagles, Mr. Crocker is also the author of Braddock's March: How the Man Sent To Seize a Continent Changed American History (Yardley: Westholme Publishing 2009, ISBN 9781594160967), which received the 2011 Distinguished Book Award from both the New York and District of Columbia Societies of Colonial Wars. Mr. Crocker is currently a member of two national-level historical book prize committees. He and his wife Beth live in Washington, DC.

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