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Napoleon: A Life Paperback – May 2, 2006

4.2 out of 5 stars 126 ratings

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Praise for Napoleon by Paul Johnson:
 
“Paul Johnson . . . is a historian at the top his game. His judgments are sure. His historical range is sweeping. His storytelling is crisp and his writing elegant.”
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“The selection of the venerable British historian . . . Paul Johnson to write on Napoleon . . . has turned out to be a wise one: Johnson is succinct, critical, and deeply skeptical of the Napoleonic legend.”
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“This is a jewel of a book; comprehensive, brief, and passionate.”
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“Johnson provides an excellent overview . . . [He] presents a concise appraisal of Napoleon’s career and a precise understanding of his enigmatic character.”
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“[A] succinct yet lively biography . . . very readable and entertaining.”
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About the Author

Paul Johnson’s many books, including A History of Christianity, A History of the Jews, Modern Times, Churchill, and Napoleon: A Penguin Life, have been hailed as masterpieces of historical analysis. He is a regular columnist for Forbes and The Spectator, and his work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and many others publications. He lives in London.

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  • Item Weight : 5.4 ounces
  • Paperback : 208 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0143037455
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0143037453
  • Product Dimensions : 5.1 x 0.56 x 7.17 inches
  • Publisher : Penguin Books; Reprint Edition (May 2, 2006)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.2 out of 5 stars 126 ratings

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4.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced primer on this monster.
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