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Anyhow, if you never read a book about Napoleon I recommend this one because it is an easy read.
Johnson's characterization of the "bad" Napoleon is as much of a cardboard cutout of the "Man" as the worst hagiographies that Johnson derides.
The author is too fond of using French words throughout the book, which if you don't know French, makes a lot of unreadable material.
Very enlightning. Who cares about the battles? It centers on the perils of romanticising great power and the consequences it brought to the twentieth century.Published 18 days ago by Juan Francisco Gutierrez
This book was short, expensive and highly inaccurate. It is just not possible to cover Napoleon's life in 100 pages, but if you make the attempt make sure you got your facts... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Nicholas Roberts
Excellent book. I have read about Napoleon, but did not pay enough attention to him. It was great to learn about the wars and the type of man he was. I enjoyed reading this book.Published 3 months ago by Delores Fields
Another sloppy job by a British historian who dislikes the French. According to his Wikipedia bio, Johnson is a supporter of Pinochet and Franco, so one must ask why he dislikes... Read morePublished 5 months ago by M. Belman
Excellent. I love Paul Johnson's plain, direct writing style. Napoleon is a complex character who continues to evoke passionate feelings of admiration or hatred (few are lukewarm... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mike Victor
This is not a traditional biography, but a polemic against Napoleon and all the author believes he stood for. Read morePublished 6 months ago by E. Clinton
I had a graduate level course on the French Revolution and Napoleon about ten years ago. After reading this book, I appreciate an unbiased history of French/European history. Read morePublished 9 months ago by James Trunzler