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Napoleon : a life

Author: Andrew Roberts
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, 2014. ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Austerlitz, Borodino, Waterloo: his battles are among the greatest in history, but Napoleon Bonaparte was far more than a military genius and astute leader of men. Like George Washington and his own hero Julius Caesar, he was one of the greatest soldier-statesmen of all times. Andrew Roberts's Napoleon is the first one-volume biography to take advantage of the recent publication of Napoleon’s thirty-three thousand
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Genre/Form: Narrative non-fiction
History
Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Napoleon, Emperor of the French; Napoleon, Emperor of the French; Napoleon, Frankreich Kaiser
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Roberts
ISBN: 0670025321 9780670025329
OCLC Number: 870919615
Awards: Winner of the Grand Prix of the Fondation Napoleon 2014, Los Angeles Times Biography Prize 2014.
Description: xli, 926 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Rise. Corsica ; Revolution ; Desire ; Italy ; Victory ; Peace ; Egypt ; Acre ; Brumaire --
Mastery. Consul ; Marengo ; Lawgiver ; Plots ; Amiens ; Coronation ; Austerlitz ; Jena ; Blockades ; Tilsit ; Iberia ; Wagram ; Zenith --
Denouement. Russia ; Trapped ; Retreat ; Resilience ; Leipzig ; Defiance ; Elba ; Waterloo ; St Helena.
Responsibility: Andrew Roberts.

Abstract:

Austerlitz, Borodino, Waterloo: his battles are among the greatest in history, but Napoleon Bonaparte was far more than a military genius and astute leader of men. Like George Washington and his own hero Julius Caesar, he was one of the greatest soldier-statesmen of all times. Andrew Roberts's Napoleon is the first one-volume biography to take advantage of the recent publication of Napoleon’s thirty-three thousand letters, which radically transform our understanding of his character and motivation. At last we see him as he was: protean multitasker, decisive, surprisingly willing to forgive his enemies and his errant wife Josephine. Like Churchill, he understood the strategic importance of telling his own story, and his memoirs, dictated from exile on St. Helena, became the single bestselling book of the nineteenth century. An award-winning historian, Roberts traveled to fifty-three of Napoleon's sixty battle sites, discovered crucial new documents in archives, and even made the long trip by boat to St. Helena. He is as acute in his understanding of politics as he is of military history. Here at last is a biography worthy of its subject: magisterial, insightful, beautifully written, by one of our foremost historians. - https://www.andrew-roberts.net/books/napoleon-a-life/

" ... The first single-volume, cradle-to-grave biography to take advantage of the recent publication of Napoleon's thirty-three thousand letters, which radically transform our understanding of his character and motivation"--Jacket.

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