This classic masterpiece rivals even Les Miserables in its depiction of the Napoleonic Wars. After all the Russian campaign is at the centre of this magnificent novel. Surely ranks among the top five novels of European literature. Its breadth and depth and horizon takes it ahead of even Resurrection, which can be seen as the best of Tolstoy. This novel puts other war based novels like For whom the bell tolls, in the shade. And still at the end the novel is a social tome. Even Clausewitz might envy the detail that Tolstoy brings to the depiction of the Emperor on the battlefield.