Napoleon

Napoleon

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A short and vivid biography, which deconstructs the Napoleonic myth and reveals the reality of his rule.

Written with great wit and panache, this biography also has a serious purpose: to make us face up to the moral bankruptcy of Napoleon?s dictatorship. Johnson tells the whole story: his astonishing gift for figures and calculation, his mastery of cannon; his audacious, hyperactive and aggressive generalship and his simple battle tactics; his complete control of propaganda and the success of the cultural presentation of the Empire; the Code Napoleon; his failure as an international statesman, as Europe grew to hate him; his marshals and ministers; his wives, mistresses, personal style and working methods; the British blockade and the Continental System; the mistakes in Spain and Russia. The escape from Elba, the events leading up to Waterloo and the battle itself, which gets a full treatment, is particularly riveting.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 130 x 192 x 20mm | 220g
  • WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1842126504
  • 9781842126509
  • 72,308

About Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson was born in 1928. He edited the New Statesman in the 1960s and has written over forty books. His Modern Times, a history of the world from the 1920s to the 1990s, has been translated into more than fifteen languages. As well as a weekly column in the Spectator, he contributes to newspapers all over the world.
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723 ratings
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This is not the work of an historian, it is an astonishing accumulation of personal opinion. He claims things with no evidence and he expects us to take them for granted. I'm stunned by the fact that this guy is said to be an historian!show more
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