Shannon interviewed by NPR

NapoleonShannon was honoured to be interviewed by NPR’s national correspondent for digital news, Linton Weeks, for an article called “What If Napoleon Had Come to America?”

Two hundred years ago this year, in June of 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated at Waterloo by a coalition of countries — including Austria, Prussia, Russia and the United Kingdom. Though he wound up in exile on the remote South Atlantic island of St. Helena, he contemplated escaping to America.

What if Napoleon had come to the New World?

“The answer to your question varies depending on what year Napoleon might have arrived,” says Shannon Selin, a writer of historical fiction in Vancouver, British Columbia, and author of the novel Napoleon in America. “He seriously considered escaping to the United States from France in July 1815, and there were several reported plots to rescue him from St. Helena between 1816 and 1821.”

To read the full article, click here.

Napoleon seriously considered escaping to the United States from France in July 1815, and there were several reported plots to rescue him from St. Helena between 1816 and 1821.

Shannon Selin