War and Peace Author:Leo Tolstoy Epic in scale, War and Peace delineates in graphic detail events leading up to and culminating in Napoleon's disastrous Russian invasion, and the impact of the Napoleonic era on Tsarist society, as seen through the eyes of five Russian aristocratic families. Pierre Bezukhov, an alienated intellectual trying to find his place in his native la... more »nd; Prince Andrei, a gallant aristocrat tortured by self-doubt; and Natasha Rostov, a bewitching, romantic girl growing into womanhood, play leading roles in a gallery of characters ranging from Napoleon himself to the most humble Russian peasant. The novel focuses upon an entire society torn by conflict and change. Here is humanity in all it's innocence and corruption, wisdom and folly, painful defeats and enduring trimphs. Here is the seemingly effortless artistry of a master capable of protraying with equal power the clash of armies and the solitary anguish of the heart.