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Posted April 22, 2013
I read this book over a 3-day period. It is well written and pr
I read this book over a 3-day period. It is well written and provides an interesting view of Napoleon as a brilliant leader whose military exploits were driven by the need and desire to protect the "new France" against the rest of Europe. As the rest of Europe was still led by monarchs that perceived France as a threat to their possessions and well-being, they (especially England) teamed up against France to quell the French experiment and Napoleon in specific. The authors employed a variety of correspondences and time sequences from the period to paint the picture that Napoleon acted in self-defense for many of his battles and campaigns. I enjoy books that cause me to see or think of things from multiple perspectives and this surely is/was one of those type books. Whether Napoleon really was driven to conquer Europe or whether he just conquered because of a brilliant military mind will never be 100% clear in all respects, but I'd recommend this book to anyone that is willing to consider the premise and wants to read a solid presentation of the "other side" of the Napoleon picture. I'll read it again which is the best recommendation I can make for a book.
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