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Napoleon

By Paul Johnson

  • Paperback
  • £9.99

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

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.

Biographical Notes

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.

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9781842126509
  • Publication date: 07 Aug 2003
  • Page count: 224
  • Imprint: W&N
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