- Hardcover: 752 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins - GB; edition edition (29 October 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0008116075
- ISBN-13: 978-0008116071
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 5.3 x 24 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 1.1 Kg
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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'A pacy and characteristically unintimidated picture of how and why Napoleon achieved what he did and then succeeded in screwing it all up …. 600 pages of narrative history will seldom pass so easily' David Crane, Spectator
'Adam Zamoyski refreshingly downsizes the Corsican commander-in-chief' Nicky Haslam, Spectator
‘Always elegant in style and original in analysis. Zamoyski, a master of the sources and of the culture and politics that created his subject, produces a fresh, nuanced, beautifully written, gripping and outstanding biography of Napoleon that reveals him to be a triumph of luck and accident as much as the invincible genius of the legend’ Simon Sebag-Montefiore, author of The Romanovs and Jerusalem: The Biography
‘Napoleon is an out-and-out masterpiece and a joy to read’ Sir Antony Beevor, author of Stalingrad
‘A lifetime’s diligent research and profound thinking about Napoleon and his times has gone into this hugely readable, highly enjoyable and well-balanced biography. Zamoyski is at the top of his game as a biographer’ Andrew Roberts, Visiting Professor, Department of War Studies, King’s College, London
‘Adam Zamoyski has retold a story that we thought we knew and made it fresh: stripping away two centuries of mythology, discarding the apocryphal stories and legends, he finally brings us the real Napoleon’ Anne Applebaum, author of Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine
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Like his previous books on the time of Napoleon, the expedition to Russia and the aftermath of the Vienna Congress, Zamoyski produced once more a very readable book.
For the first time I got a full understanding of the person Bonaparte in his own time, the turbulant aftermath of the French revolution.
The book also makes it quite clear that Napoleon when he was First Consul had enormous energy and really took excellent measures to create what we would call a modern state based on the principles of the revolution.
His code Napoleon created a constitution which is still the core of many constitutions in the Western World.
Zamoyski also makes quite clear that the main hindrance to development in Europe at that time was the economic trade power of Great Britain.
Right from the beginning it is obvious that the author has a great respect and admiration for Napoleon, but he is certainly not defending the obvious mistakes and failings of the Emperor.
A weak point in his book is his assertion that Napoleon lacked any empathy. He uses madame De Staël as his witness in this. Incorrectly in my opinion. He detested her.
A drawback in the Kindle edition of this book is that the notes cannot be reached by clicking on the number indicatin a note. The reader has to go to the back of the book to find each note separately.
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