“”It may well be the best statistical graphic ever drawn.”” Charles Joseph Minard’s 1861 thematic map of Napoleon’s ill-fated march on Moscow was thus described by Edward Tufte in his acclaimed 1983 book, The Visual Display of Quantitative Information. Of all the attempts to convey the futility of Napoleon’s attempt to invade Russia and the utter destruction of his Grande Armee in the last months of 1812, no written work or painting presents such a compelling picture as does Minard’s graphic.