Napoleon the Great

Napoleon the Great

Non-Fiction, History & Politics, European History, French History
Paperback Published on: 02/04/2015
£18.99
In stock
Usually dispatched within 2-3 working days
Make and edit your lists in your account
Check click & collect stock near you
Collect today: Pay in shop

Synopsis

'A Napoleonic triumph of a book, irresistibly galloping with the momentum of a cavalry charge' Simon Sebag Montefiore 'Simply dynamite' Bernard CornwellFrom Andrew Roberts, author of the bestsellers TheStorm of War and Churchill: Walking with Destiny, this is the definitive modern biography of Napoleon.Napoleon Bonaparte lived one of the most extraordinary of all human lives. In the space of just twenty years, from October 1795 when as a young artillery captain he cleared the streets of Paris of insurrectionists, to his final defeat at the (horribly mismanaged) battle of Waterloo in June 1815, Napoleon transformed France and Europe. After seizing power in a coup d'état 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, modernised her systems of education and administration, and presided over a flourishing of the beautiful 'Empire style' in the arts. 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, both physical and intellectual, and the attractiveness of his personality, even to his enemies. He has walked 53 of Napoleon's 60 battlefields, and has absorbed the gigantic new French edition of Napoleon's letters, which allows a complete re-evaluation of this exceptional man. He overturns many received opinions, including the myth of a great romance with Josephine: she took a lover immediately after their marriage, and, as Roberts shows, he had three times as many mistresses as he acknowledged.Of the climactic Battle of Leipzig in 1813, as the fighting closed around them, a 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.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780141032016
  • Number of pages: 976
  • Weight: 709g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 42 mm

Customer Reviews

View all
Napoleon the Great
Andrews the great...pretender
Some historians begin their arguments with a contrived statement based on some dodgy new evidence or a reinterpretation eg the Romans were nicer than they ... READ MORE
The oaks
Napoleon the Great
The great? No, but a great read!
Mr Roberts writing and portrayal of Napoleon make this book a thrilling read. It tells a gripping story of one of the most important men in history. Napole... READ MORE
Lewis  Walne
Napoleon the Great
Perfect example of a good history book
I thoroughly enjoyed the read and thought it was both gripping and informative.
Louie Stretton