Napoleon: The Path to Power, 1769-1799

Napoleon: The Path to Power, 1769-1799

by Philip Dwyer
     
 

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The first volume of a groundbreaking and innovative popular biography of Napoleon Bonaparte, one of history's most complex and charismatic leaders
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The first volume of a groundbreaking and innovative popular biography of Napoleon Bonaparte, one of history's most complex and charismatic leaders

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Library Journal

Dwyer (modern history, Univ. of Newcastle, Australia; Napoleon and Europe) offers a thorough and engrossing examination of Napoleon Bonaparte's meteoric rise to power. He follows Napoleone di Buonaparte (who changed his name in 1796) from his birth in Corsica (1769) until the coup d'A©tat of 18 Brumaire (1799). The result is a truly human portrait of a man who claimed to be larger than life. Dwyer stresses that Napoleon was born into a clannish Corsican family heavily involved in the island's political intrigues and that his familial experiences served him well in the turbulent times of revolutionary France. Unraveling many of the myths connected with the early campaigns in northern Italy and Egypt, Dwyer shows that self-promotion was the engine driving Napoleon. He was a gifted political animal who skillfully embellished his early military achievements to create an aura of predestined greatness. These themes are not new (see, e.g., Stephen Englund's Napoleon: A Political Life), but they have never been explored in such detail. This first of a projected two-volume study will give the specialist or any interested reader a much deeper understanding of one of the most fascinating figures in world history and is essential for all Napoleonic collections.
—Jim Doyle

BBC History Magazine
“. . . more than just a canter across familiar terrain…an attractive addition to the literature on one of the most controversial figures in modern European history”—Thomas Munch-Petersen, BBC History Magazine

— Thomas Munch-Petersen

New York Sun

"An excellent history and a very good read."—John Merriman, New York Sun

— John Merriman

Booklist
"For readers interested in the French Revolution, Dwyer's biography possesses attractive narrative fluidity and long-term library value as a research source."—Booklist
Sunday Times of London

“Remarkable . . . . Even-handed and authoritative, this fascinating and highly enjoyable book will be an eye opener even to those who think they know the subject well”—Adam Zamoyski, Sunday Times of London

— Adam Zamoyski

Dallas Morning News

"Philip Dwyer''s scrupulously researched new biography Napoleon. . . reveals the very familiar and unromantic processes by which [Napoleon''s] power was acquired, or rather taken, from a public seduced by myths and romantic fictions."—David Walton, Dallas Morning News

— David Walton

Parameters: U.S. Army War College Quarterly

"[W]ell-written and thoughtfully argued. . . . one recommended to those interested in . . . Napoleon Bonaparte and the French Revolution. It should also be of great interest to political scientists studying the blend of the political and military arenas personified in one man."—Colonel James P. Herson, Jr., Parameters: U.S. Army War College Quarterly

— Colonel James P. Herson, Jr.,

The Journal of Military History

"Dwyer deserves praise for elements of his fresh, modern approach and exhaustive research. . . . [His] biography is fascinating in its unusual descriptions of Napoleon''s tribulations and his motivations."—Llewellyn Cook, The Journal of Military History

— Llewellyn Cook

The Historian

"An excellent read for the specialist of the French Revolution as well as the specialist in Bonapartism."--Anne York, The Historian

— Anne York

BBC History Magazine - Thomas Munch-Petersen
“. . . more than just a canter across familiar terrain…an attractive addition to the literature on one of the most controversial figures in modern European history”—Thomas Munch-Petersen, BBC History Magazine
New York Sun - John Merriman
"An excellent history and a very good read."—John Merriman, New York Sun
Sunday Times of London - Adam Zamoyski
“Remarkable . . . . Even-handed and authoritative, this fascinating and highly enjoyable book will be an eye opener even to those who think they know the subject well”—Adam Zamoyski, Sunday Times of London
Dallas Morning News - David Walton
"Philip Dwyer's scrupulously researched new biography Napoleon. . . reveals the very familiar and unromantic processes by which [Napoleon's] power was acquired, or rather taken, from a public seduced by myths and romantic fictions."—David Walton, Dallas Morning News
Parameters: U.S. Army War College Quarterly - Colonel James P. Herson
"[W]ell-written and thoughtfully argued. . . . one recommended to those interested in . . . Napoleon Bonaparte and the French Revolution. It should also be of great interest to political scientists studying the blend of the political and military arenas personified in one man."—Colonel James P. Herson, Jr., Parameters: U.S. Army War College Quarterly
The Journal of Military History - Llewellyn Cook
"Dwyer deserves praise for elements of his fresh, modern approach and exhaustive research. . . . [His] biography is fascinating in its unusual descriptions of Napoleon's tribulations and his motivations."—Llewellyn Cook, The Journal of Military History
The Historian - Anne York
"Enlightening. . . . An excellent read for the specialist of the French Revolution as well as the specialist in Bonapartism."—Anne York, The Historian

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300148206
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
10/01/2008
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
800,265
File size:
3 MB

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