Napoleon in Power, 1799-1815

816pp 64 ILLUS 5 MAPS 2015 LIST PRICE: £20.00 (P) B887



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Dwyer explores the young leader’s reign, complete with mistakes, wrong turns and pitfalls, and reveals the great lengths to which Napoleon goes to fashion his image as legitimate and patriarchal ruler of the new nation. Following Napoleon from Paris to his successful campaigns in Italy and Austria, to the disastrous invasion of Russia, and finally to the war against the Sixth Coalition that would end his reign in Europe, the book looks not only at these events but at the character of the man behind them. Dwyer reveals Napoleon’s darker sides -- his brooding obsessions and propensity for violence -- as well as his passionate nature: his loves, his ability to inspire, and his capacity for realising his visionary ideas.

. . . a subtle and judicious assessment of Napoleon the man and Napoleon the politician LITERARY REVIEW