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Napoleon (Penguin Lives Biographies)

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Publisher Comments:

The very name, Napoleon Bonaparte, still enthralls. Ever since this towering and terrible genius conquered Europe, he has been endlessly debated, compared, and made an icon. In Napoleon, the great dictator's energy and acumen are matched by those of his biographer, Paul Johnson, whose histories have been lauded as "fresh, readable, provocative . . . wise" (Los Angeles Times). Here Johnson profiles "the grandest possible refutation of those who hold that events are governed by forces, classes, economics, and geography rather than the powerful wills of men and women."

With masterly eloquence, Napoleon charts Bonaparte's career from the barren island of Corsica and his early training in Paris-he was a bold soldier with an uncanny gift for math, maps, and strategy-through high-profile victories in Italy, military dictatorship, and campaigns across Europe to his end on the forsaken isle of St. Helena. In Napoleon's insatiable hunger for power, Johnson sees a realist unfettered by patriotism or ideology, a brilliant opportunist and propagandist who fulfilled his ambition in the aftermath of the French Revolution. He interprets Napoleon's life in the trajectory of his times, revealing how his complex and violent legacy seeded totalitarian regimes in the twentieth century and sounds an alert to us in the twenty-first.

Review:

"The selection of the venerable British historian and right-wing gadfly Paul Johnson to write on Napoleon (who has been the subject of more biographies to date than any other human being except Jesus Christ) has turned out to be a wise one: Johnson is succinct, critical, and deeply skeptical of the Napoleonic legend." Brooke Allen, Atlantic Monthly (read the entire Atlantic review)

Review:

"A prolific and popular historian, Johnson provides an excellent overview. In what amounts to an extended essay, this volume in the Penguin Lives series presents a concise appraisal of Napoleon's career and a precise understanding of his enigmatic character." Booklist

Review:

"Why another biography of Napoleon now?...Napoleon's is a grandly cautionary life....Johnson's antiromantic treatment brings into sharp focus the ills he identifies with "Bonapartism," and that focus certainly justifies this new look at the much-studied old general." Library Journal

Review:

"...a near-perfect model of what a brief book can and should be: crisp, clear and strongly personal." Book Magazine

Book News Annotation:

Historian and lecturer Paul Johnson provides a crisp personal biography of Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821), addressing his life and career, taking into account the context in which he lived, and discussing how his complex and violent legacy spawned totalitarian regimes long after his death.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

With masterly eloquence, a bestselling historian offers a searching portrait of a man who shaped history and cast his shadow over two centuries.

Synopsis:

From New York Times bestselling author Paul Johnson, “a very readable and entertaining biography” (The Washington Post) about one of the most important figures in modern European history: Napoleon Bonaparte

 

In an ideal pairing of author and subject, the magisterial historian Paul Johnson offers a vivid look at the life of the strategist, general, and dictator who conquered much of Europe. Following Napoleon from the barren island of Corsica to his early training in Paris, from his meteoric victories and military dictatorship to his exile and death, Johnson examines the origins of his ferocious ambition. In Napoleon's quest for power, Johnson sees a realist unfettered by patriotism or ideology. And he recognizes Bonapartes violent legacy in the totalitarian regimes of the twentieth century. Napoleon is a magnificent work that bears witness to one individual's ability to work his will on history.

About the Author

Paul Johnson is an acclaimed historian whose many bestselling books-including Modern Times, A History of the American People, and The History of Christianity-have been translated into numerous languages. Johnson is a frequent contributor to publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Spectator.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter One: The Corsican Background

Chapter Two: Revolutionary, General, Consul, Emperor

Chapter Three: The Master of the Battlefield

Chapter Four: The Flawed and Fragile Empire

Chapter Five: The Graveyards of Europe

Chapter Six: Elba and Waterloo

Chapter Seven: The Long Good-bye

Further Reading

Product Details

ISBN:
9780670030781
Subtitle:
A Life
Author:
Johnson, Paul
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Europe - France
Subject:
History
Subject:
France
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Emperors
Subject:
Napoleon
Subject:
Emperors - France
Subject:
Military
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Penguin Lives Biographies
Series Volume:
no. 48
Publication Date:
20060502
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
7.80x5.44x.82 in. .66 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 208 pages Viking Books - English 9780670030781 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The selection of the venerable British historian and right-wing gadfly Paul Johnson to write on Napoleon (who has been the subject of more biographies to date than any other human being except Jesus Christ) has turned out to be a wise one: Johnson is succinct, critical, and deeply skeptical of the Napoleonic legend." (read the entire Atlantic review)
"Review" by , "A prolific and popular historian, Johnson provides an excellent overview. In what amounts to an extended essay, this volume in the Penguin Lives series presents a concise appraisal of Napoleon's career and a precise understanding of his enigmatic character."
"Review" by , "Why another biography of Napoleon now?...Napoleon's is a grandly cautionary life....Johnson's antiromantic treatment brings into sharp focus the ills he identifies with "Bonapartism," and that focus certainly justifies this new look at the much-studied old general." Library Journal
"Review" by , "...a near-perfect model of what a brief book can and should be: crisp, clear and strongly personal."
"Synopsis" by , With masterly eloquence, a bestselling historian offers a searching portrait of a man who shaped history and cast his shadow over two centuries.
"Synopsis" by ,

From New York Times bestselling author Paul Johnson, “a very readable and entertaining biography” (The Washington Post) about one of the most important figures in modern European history: Napoleon Bonaparte

 

In an ideal pairing of author and subject, the magisterial historian Paul Johnson offers a vivid look at the life of the strategist, general, and dictator who conquered much of Europe. Following Napoleon from the barren island of Corsica to his early training in Paris, from his meteoric victories and military dictatorship to his exile and death, Johnson examines the origins of his ferocious ambition. In Napoleon's quest for power, Johnson sees a realist unfettered by patriotism or ideology. And he recognizes Bonapartes violent legacy in the totalitarian regimes of the twentieth century. Napoleon is a magnificent work that bears witness to one individual's ability to work his will on history.

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