Citizen Emperor: Napoleon in Power 1799-1815 (Hardback)
  • Citizen Emperor: Napoleon in Power 1799-1815 (Hardback)
zoom

Citizen Emperor: Napoleon in Power 1799-1815 (Hardback)

(author)
£30.00
Hardback 816 Pages / Published: 07/11/2013
  • Not available

Currently unavailable

This product is currently unavailable.

  • This item has been added to your basket
'Napoleon's legend is so persistent that it confounds the historical reality in the popular imagination. He himself contributed much towards the construction of his own myth, from his youth even until after he fell from power, when, while in exile, he dictated his memoirs to a group of disciples who took down his every word in the hope that his version of history would prevail. Such were Napoleon's skills as a chronicler that much of the legend is still unquestioningly accepted...' This second volume of Philip Dwyer's outstanding biography sheds further fresh light on one of the great figures of modern history. After a meteoric rise, a military-political coup in 1799 established Napoleon Bonaparte in government, aged just thirty. This meticulously researched study examines the man in power, from his brooding obsessions and capacity for violence, to his ability to inspire others and realise his visionary ideas. One of the first truly modern politicians, Napoleon skilfully fashioned the image of himself that laid the foundation of the legend that endures to this day; Philip Dwyer's ambitious, definitive work separates myth from history to offer us anew one of history's most charismatic and able leaders.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9780747578086
Number of pages: 816
Weight: 1330 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Five books about wars impressed me this year: Roger Knight's immaculately researched Britain against Napoleon: the Organisation of Victory 1793-1815; Philip Dwyer's Citizen Emperor: Napoleon in Power 1799-1815 which gives, in depth, the other side of that coin * Simon Heffer, New Statesman Books of the Year *
The main purpose of the concluding volume of Dwyer's life of Napoleon is not to explain why he became such a revered general, but rather to unpick his complex character and asses his political and military achievements. He succeeds brilliantly and we are left with a nuanced portrait of a ruthless and far from infallible leader who concealed his defeats, exaggerated his victories and blamed other for his failings ... Philip Dwyer has produced a fitting sequel to his early life of Napoleon Bonaparte that will be hard to emulate. What it lacks in battlefield colour it more than makes up for by its subtle and judicious assessment of Napoleon the man and Napoleon the politician * Literary Review *
He is very good on the tensions and rows ripping through the Bonaparte family, which was such an important element in the whole enterprise. Here, as everywhere, he produces nice detail and the telling anecdote ... a very fine book, which explains Napoleon's extraordinary rise to power and equally meteoric fall, with great erudition, skill and verve * Adam Zamoyski, Spectator *
Exemplary scholarship ... A book of meticulous research and beautifully detailed descriptions of Napoleon's military adventures, brings home the full horrific cost of the march on Russia * New Statesman *

You may also be interested in...

Queen of Our Times
Added to basket
£20.00   £16.99
Hardback
A Woman of No Importance
Added to basket
The Prime Ministers
Added to basket
£14.99   £12.99
Paperback
The Crew
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
The Diary of a Young Girl
Added to basket
Freezing Order
Added to basket
£20.00   £16.99
Hardback
Brothers in Arms
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
The Complete MAUS
Added to basket
£16.99
Paperback
The Hong Kong Diaries
Added to basket
£30.00   £26.99
Hardback
The Red Prince
Added to basket
£10.99   £9.49
Paperback
SAS Bravo Three Zero
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
Putin
Added to basket
£30.00   £26.99
Hardback
The Spy and the Traitor
Added to basket
The Twilight World
Added to basket
Agent Sonya
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.