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Napoleon Bonaparte Hardcover – April 15, 2007

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John Stevens Cabot Abbott was an American writer born in Brunswick. He was a prolific writer of books on Christian ethics, and of histories which were valuable in their time in cultivating a popular interest in the subject. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 148 pages
  • Publisher: 1st World Library - Literary Society (April 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421838850
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421838854
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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It seems to be derived from a Project Gutenberg redaction from which the credits were unethically stripped. I find scan-editing errors that match up.

This edition merges many paragraphs, making it more difficult to read than the original, and there are no chapter divisions. It's been made into a messy condensed book, only a fraction of the original set.

-- It begins with Chapters 19-22 of Volume I of the 2-volume set. (In the 4-volume set, it's in Volume II). So right away there's a problem. You can't start a biography in the middle.

-- On Kindle Page 33 it jumps to an incident much later, in 1815.

-- Then Page 36 jumps back to cover Chapters 24-25.

-- As nearly as I can figure, Kindle Pages 57-62 jump around to various locations I couldn't match.

-- Then Pages 62-88 cover Chapters 14-15.

At best it's probably 7% of the original, and not the best selections.
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Beginning is not the beginning. Parts are out of order or missing entirely. There are even parts of some other book added, though I have no idea what its title is.

However, this is an exception to this most exceptional series of biographies written by the brothers Jacob and John Abbott in the mid-nineteenth century.
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This is a good overview of Napolean's rule. The only real complaint I have is the long paragraphs, and no chapters. There are no breaks it seems. However this book originally was written a while back so part of it could just be style. Another thing is one second you feel like you're reading a history text book the next it's like historical fiction.
I was pleased for the fact that I was just interested in knowing more about him but wasn't overly impressed either.
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Reading this book was really interesting for me as it contradicted things that I had been taught in my youth. I was brought up in an English biased school system, in Jamaica, and read books written by British writers. As a result my view of Napoleon has always been that he was a military genius whose genius and boundless energy was misdirected. This book contradicts that view and has motivated me to read more about him. I recommend it.
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Profiles in Leadership: From Caesar to Modern Times

The original version of this book, I am convinced, was a much more extensive portrayal of one of history's most controversial leaders. For those who know nothing about Napoleon, it is much better to select one of the more complete bios that develop the personality as well as the leader, his times and his qualities. There are many available.

Emilio Iodice, author of Profiles in Leadership from Caesar to Modern Times, North American Business Press, 2013.
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Sorry to say that even as an instructor in European history, I abandoned this tale of Napoleon. Although adequate, the style is, like so many histories, staid and boring while providing the necessary facts.
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The losers do not write the history books. A look from the French prospective at a very difficult time at the end of the reign of terror. Perhaps the English were as much to blame as the French people! The other monarchs of Europe fell upon the French like jackels.
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