A Life

Book - 2014
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" ... the first single-volume, cradle-to-grave biography to take advantage of the recent publication of Napoleon's thirty-three thousand letters, which radically transform our understanding of his character and motivation"--Jacket.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, c2014
ISBN: 9780670025329
Branch Call Number: 944.05 NAP ROB
Characteristics: xli, 926 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 25 cm


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May 19, 2018

The author declares his intention up front to reform the point of view that The Little Guy was a villain comparable to Attila and Hitler. This is a good thing; the unbalanced notion that he alone was responsible for the Napoleonic Wars is still touted in some quarters. Roberts might take the huggable, lovable Napoleon thing too far—he describes the leader-army relationship as reciprocal whereas one suspects Nappy might best be seen as manipulator. But for the most part this is a persuasive stuff. Detailed information is provided on the Duke D’Enghien affair which suggests the event was less than a crime, if still a mistake (and a rotten thing to do). One wonders if controversy will ever fade over the issue: How should the most dramatic actor since antiquity be appreciated?

Mar 21, 2015

I renewed the book NAPOLEON
so it is not overdue.

You probably missed it going over to the new catalogue.

Please make the correction in your records.

Nancy Elsner

Feb 23, 2015

First rate. A masterwork. The only thing wrong with it is its weight. Ebook or, even better, eAudiobook would be better. Tirelessly researched and annotated. Yes, apparently previous books had access to only two-thirds of his correspondence. Confirms that young Nappy was a scholar of considerable achievement - a voracious reader of history and a math genius. I esp enjoy context that makes French Revolution disturbingly real. Even the introduction is excellent. Highly recommended.

Feb 22, 2015

Andrew Roberts' new biography is well paced and thoroughly researched. He writes in a entertaining and insightful style that at times even made me think of McCulloughs ' John Adams', which is pretty high praise. Roberts benefits from his use of the recent release for the first time of a very large volume of Napoleon's correspondence.
Highly recommended.

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