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Napoleon Bonaparte: An Intimate Biography. Hardcover – March 1, 1972


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: William Morrow; 1ST edition (March 1972)
  • ISBN-10: 0688001009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688001001
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,329,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 13, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book tells very specific detail of Napoleon's life. Story begins from childhood in Corsica then his constant victories on wars and tragic ending in St.helena island. Until I read this book , I didn't even know Napoleon's mother's tongue was Italian, not French. It really surprised me that an ordinary soldier became an emperor of France and threatning entire Europe. What was his secret to achieve his dream. Read this book, and you will get an answer.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Noel Molloy on May 9, 2001
Format: Hardcover
A smaller, simpler, more accurate, and infinately kinder book than Alan Schom's attempt at destroying the myth of Napoleon.I bought this book many years ago at the Waterloo battlefield, and it has remained with me since. Not a large book as biographies go, but full of wonderful observations and insights. Well worth buying.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Morris on July 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The author's stated reason for writing this biography of one of history's most compelling figures is his dissatisfaction with other biographies' exploration of Napoleon as a man, husband, father, and friend. While relying heavily on the memoirs of people who knew Napoleon personally, the author certainly manages to close this alleged gap in the historical analysis of Napoleon's life. The biography focuses on who Napoleon was, and discusses what he did only as a means of creating a better understanding of who he was as a person. In some cases this leads to completely ignoring certain events which are arguably highly important historical moments on the world stage. Notably missing from the American perspective is any mention at all of the Louisiana purchase, and in fact America is mentioned only in passing a handful of times, despite the long standing French presence in North America. However, I find the personal focus to be a positive element of the book rather than a negative, because the events of Napoleon's life which can be easily learned through many other sources are best understood by first understanding the heart and mind of the man making the decisions that led to those events.

That understanding is a goal that the author accomplishes with an enjoyable, easily readable style that is both informative and impressive on its own literary merits. The tone of the biography is far from objective in an absolute sense, but while the reader can easily conclude that the author is an admirer of Napoleon, the man's faults and mistakes are examined along with his triumphs and virtues.
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