The Red Napoleon

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The Red Napoleon
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Dust-jacket from the first edition
Author Floyd Gibbons
Country United States
Language English
Genre Alternate history
Publisher Cape & Smith
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 223 pp

The Red Napoleon (1929) is a novel by Floyd Gibbons predicting a Soviet conquest of Europe and invasion of America. The novel contains strong racial overtones such as expressed fear of the yellow peril. Although to be fair, the characters expressing these views are exposed in the text as being bigoted and ill-informed.

The Red Napoleon was published in 1929 and projects the next few years. In it, Joseph Stalin is killed by an assassin in 1932. A Red Army leader takes over and starts a massive military buildup. In 1933 the Red Army invades Poland."[1]

A June 17, 1966 article in a Time magazine labelled Vo Nguyen Giap "The Red Napoleon". While considered a military genius and both a yellow man and a "mongoloid". Giap was not the world conqueror imagined in the novel.[2][3]


Bleiler, Everett (1948). The Checklist of Fantastic Literature. Chicago: Shasta Publishers. p. 126. 

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