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Napoleon the Great

Andrew Roberts


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PUBLISHED: 2nd April 2015
ISBN: 9780141032016
ANNOTATION:
Presents the biography of Napoleon who lived one of the extraordinary of all human lives. This book shows how after seizing power in a coup d'etat he ended the corruption and incompetence into which the Revolution had descended.
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  • Paperback
    $42.72
PUBLISHED: 2nd April 2015
ISBN: 9780141032016
ANNOTATION:
Presents the biography of Napoleon who lived one of the extraordinary of all human lives. This book shows how after seizing power in a coup d'etat he ended the corruption and incompetence into which the Revolution had descended.

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Presents the biography of Napoleon who lived one of the extraordinary of all human lives. This book shows how after seizing power in a coup d'etat he ended the corruption and incompetence into which the Revolution had descended.

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Napoleon Bonaparte lived one of the most extraordinary of all human lives, transforming France and Europe in the space of just twenty years from 1795 to 1815. After seizing power in a coup d'etat he ended the corruption and incompetence into which the Revolution had descended. In a series of dazzling battles he reinvented the art of warfare; in peace, he completely remade the laws of France and modernised her systems of education and administration. The impossibility of defeating his most persistent enemy, Great Britain, led him to make draining and ultimately fatal expeditions into Spain and Russia, where half a million Frenchmen died and his Empire began to unravel. More than any other modern biographer, Andrew Roberts conveys Napoleon's tremendous energy and the attractiveness of his personality, even to his enemies. As one French sergeant-major wrote, 'No-one who has not experienced it can have any idea of the enthusiasm that burst forth among the half-starved, exhausted soldiers when the Emperor was there in person. If all were demoralised and he appeared, his presence was like an electric shock. All shouted 'Vive l'Empereur!' and everyone charged blindly into the fire.' The reader of this biography will understand why this was so. 'Truly a Napoleonic triumph of a book, irresistibly galloping with the momentum of a cavalry charge . . . Here, at last, is the full biography.' Simon Sebag Montefiore, Evening Standard, Books of the Year 'Masterly . . . huge, rich, deep, witty, humane, gloriously enjoyable.' Dan Jones, Daily Telegraph 'Brilliant . . . Roberts brings alive the emperor's attractive character, his intellectual fire and, above all, his astonishing personal dynamism.' Ben MacIntyre, Sunday Times, Books of the Year 'Marvellously readable, gripping, fast-paced . . . sets out for a new generation exactly why he mattered and will continue to matter.' Mark Mazower, Guardian 'A brilliant example of 'great man' history, brimming with personality and the high-octane Bonapartist spirit.' John Bew, New Statesman, Books of the Year 'Fantastic, rich in anecdote . . . Roberts is a masterly storyteller.' Max Hastings, Wall Street Journal

Author Biography

Andrew Roberts is the bestselling author of The Storm of War, Masters and Commanders, Napoleon and Wellington, and Waterloo. A Fellow of the Napoleonic Institute, he has won many prizes, including the Wolfson History Prize and the British Army Military Book Award, writes frequently for The Wall Street Journal, and has written and presented a number of popular documentaries. He lives in New York City.

Review

Masterly ... a huge, rich, deep, witty, humane and unapologetically admiring biography ... gloriously enjoyable -- Dan Jones Daily Telegraph Simply dynamite ... Roberts's fine book encompasses all the evidence to give a brilliant portrait of the man -- Bernard Cornwell Mail on Sunday

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Simply dynamite ... Roberts's fine book encompasses all the evidence to give a brilliant portrait of the man

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Simply dynamite ... Roberts's fine book encompasses all the evidence to give a brilliant portrait of the man

Product Details

Author
Andrew Roberts
Pages
976
Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd
Year
2015
ISBN-10
0141032014
ISBN-13
9780141032016
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
2015-04-02
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
32pp. colour
Media
Book
Language
English
Audience
General/Trade