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Nonetheless, it makes a great introduction to a vast subject.
The second flaw is a decidedly, and I think unfair, anti-Napoleon bias that pervades the entire text, admittedly more in some places than in others.
Napoleon himself read all about Ceaser of the Roman Empire and used much of what he learned in his own rise to power.
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 11 days 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 15 days 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 1 month 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 3 months ago by James Trunzler
The book is a 20,000 foot perspective on Napoleon which is interesting and useful for those looking for less than a detailed view into his life and history. Read morePublished 4 months ago by wayne carlson
The author has demonstrated the rare ability to tell the story of Napoleon without all of the usual romance and myth.
Refreshing, honest, and right on target. Read more
I do not think Paul Johnson liked Napoleon at all. His tendency towards England is too much
What a difference with his Winston Churchill's biography!
I am not a history fan, but some history intrigues me, like a good old biography. Napoleon's story is so fascinating and indicative of how history replays itself. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Josue Torrico
like all of Johnson's book, well written, entertaining............but if you are looking for a DETAILED 600 page biography, keep shoppingPublished 10 months ago by William Wade Foster