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Napoleon: The Man Behind the Myth

Adam Zamoyski
Format
Book
Published
London : William Collins, 2018.
Language
English
ISBN
9780008116071, 0008116075, 9780008245559, 000824555X, 9780008116088
Summary
The first writer in English to go back to the original European sources, Adam Zamoyski's portrait of Napoleon is historical biography at its finest. Napoleon inspires passionately held and often conflicting visions. Was he a god-like genius, Romantic avatar, megalomaniac monster, compulsive warmonger or just a nasty little dictator? Whilst he displayed elements of these traits at certain times, Napoleon was none of these things. He was a man, and as Adam Zamoyski presents him in this landmark biography, a rather ordinary one at that. He exhibited some extraordinary qualities during some phases of his life but it is hard to credit genius to a general who presided over the worst (and self-inflicted) disaster in military history and who single-handedly destroyed the great enterprise he and others had toiled so hard to construct.
Description
xxiii, 727 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour), maps ; 25 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 673-691) and index.
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