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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb history of Napoleon's formative years., February 21, 2008
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I had been looking for an in depth overview and analysis of Napoleon's early years. One which provides a context for his early career during those revolutionary years at the end of the 18th Century. The modern era was created during those years so their importance cannot be over estimated. This superb biography provides the overview and the context, as well as a profound portrait of Europe as it stands on the brink of several different revolutions. It manages to humanize Napoleon, not demonize him. It is an unbiased view that provides a three dimensional portrait, warts and all, enabling the reader to draw her own conclusions as to the nature of this military genius and failed conqueror. It is an academic study, so readers not used to the technical side of history, as well as the density of historical language, will have difficulty reading this book. If that does not intimidate you, however, and you share a fascination with Napoleon, then this book will be one you greatly enjoy, and from which you can draw substantial sustenance. This is the first book in a prospective series and I look forward to the subsequent volumes.
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Initial post: May 4, 2008 6:47:15 AM PDT
WAN2 says:
"...enabling the reader to draw HER own conclusions..." Yes, it is time the gals take over, no?

In reply to an earlier post on May 4, 2008 8:08:49 AM PDT
It seems safer, in any case. I know a fine Napoleonic era scholar who happens to be a woman. That was in my thoughts when I wrote this. I did not want to automatically assume a male readership. In any event, I tend to alternate (male and female) pronouns in an effort to be fair.

Posted on Oct 28, 2009 10:21:48 PM PDT
Mr Berman,
I recognize your name from classical CD reviews at various websites. I'm just re-reading J. Christopher Herold's "Age of Napoleon." Though mostly anti-NB, it is a page turner. The chapter on conflicting ideas of the late 18th century is worth the price of the book (which is dirt-cheap here at Amazon); I don't know how a man digests and expresses all those conflicting philosophical trends. It's a wise and principled book - in case you are interested. Thanks for all those CD reviews over the years.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2009 7:42:53 PM PST
Your welcome.
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