Philippe-Paul de Ségur(1780–1873), the scion of an old French aristocratic family, was the son of Louis-Philippe de Ségur, a diplomat and historian who welcomed the Revolution and aligned himself with Napoleon. Sharing his his father’s sympathies, the young Ségur enlisted in the French cavalry in 1800 and quickly rose to became a member of Napoleon’s personal staff. Ségur distinguished himself repeatedly in battle and supported the Emperor until the final defeat at Waterloo. HisHistory of Napoleon and the Grande Armée in the Year 1812was published in two volumes in 1824, and the book, a great success which sold out ten editions in three years, was widely translated. Effectively retired from the army during the Restoration, Ségur was promoted to lieutenant general and received a peerage after the establishment of the July Monarchy in 1830. He was enrolled in the French Academy in 1830 and received the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor in 1847. His other books include aHistory of Russia and Peter the Greatas well as his posthumously published memoirs. Mark Dannerhas written about war and politics for two decades, covering conflicts in Latin America, the Balkans, and the Middle East, among other stories. His books includeThe Massacre at El Mozote,Torture and Truth, andThe Secret Way to War. J. David Townsendwas a Methodist minister who served for sixteen years as a missionary in Algeria and was the pastor of churches in Paris and in Cohasset, Massachusetts. His translation and abridgement of Ségur’s masterpiece was first published in 1958 asNapoleon’s Russian Campaign.