Napoleon: A Life

The definitive biography of the good soldier-statesman via the New York Times bestselling writer of The hurricane of War—winner of the Grand Prix of the Fondation Napoleon 2014

Austerlitz, Borodino, Waterloo: his battles are one of the maximum in background, yet Napoleon Bonaparte used to be way over an army genius and astute chief of fellows. Like George Washington and his personal hero Julius Caesar, he was once one of many maximum soldier-statesmen of all times.

Andrew Roberts’s Napoleon is the 1st one-volume biography to use the hot ebook of Napoleon’s thirty-three thousand letters, which appreciably rework our knowing of his personality and motivation. ultimately we see him as he used to be: protean multitasker, decisive, unusually keen to forgive his enemies and his errant spouse Josephine. Like Churchill, he understood the strategic significance of telling his personal tale, and his memoirs, dictated from exile on St. Helena, turned the only bestselling booklet of the 19th century.

An award-winning historian, Roberts traveled to fifty-three of Napoleon’s sixty conflict websites, found the most important new records in files, or even made the lengthy journey by means of boat to St. Helena. he's as acute in his figuring out of politics as he's of army historical past. right here eventually is a biography important of its topic: magisterial, insightful, superbly written, through considered one of our best historians.

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