Napoleon: A Political Life


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This sophisticated and masterful biography brings new and remarkable analysis to the study of modern history's most famous general and statesman. As Englund charts Napoleon's dramatic rise and fall--from his Corsican boyhood, his French education, his astonishing military victories and no less astonishing acts of reform as First Consul (1799-1804) to his controversial record as Emperor and, finally, to his exile and death--he explores the unprecedented power Napoleon maintains over the popular imagination.

Napoleon: A Political Life 2005, Harvard University Press, Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9780674018037

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Napoleon: A Political Life 2003, Scribner Book Company, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780684871424