Napoleon's Wars: An International History [NOOK Book]

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A glorious, and conclusive chronicle of the wars waged by one of the most polarizing figures in military history

Acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic as a new standard on the subject, this sweeping, boldly written history of the Napoleonic era reveals its central protagonist as a man driven by an insatiable desire for fame, and determined ?to push matters to extremes.? More than a myth-busting portrait of Napoleon, however, it offers a ...
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Overview

A glorious, and conclusive chronicle of the wars waged by one of the most polarizing figures in military history

Acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic as a new standard on the subject, this sweeping, boldly written history of the Napoleonic era reveals its central protagonist as a man driven by an insatiable desire for fame, and determined ?to push matters to extremes.? More than a myth-busting portrait of Napoleon, however, it offers a panoramic view of the armed conflicts that spread so quickly out of revolutionary France to countries as remote as Sweden and Egypt. As it expertly moves through conflicts from Russia to Spain, Napoleon's Wars proves to be history writing equal to its subject grand and ambitious that will reframe the way this tumultuous era is understood.


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Editorial Reviews

Telegraph (London)
Deft, authoritative, often strikingly counter-intuitive, this is the definitive word on the subject.
Library Journal

In direct contrast to Gen. Michel Franceschi and Ben Weider's Wars Against Napoleon: Debunking the Myth of the Napoleonic Wars, which claimed that Napoleon was a pacifistic victim of circumstances, comes a book that makes no attempt to hide his insatiable lust for military glory and, thus, power. Yet Esdaile (history, Univ. of Liverpool; The Peninsular War) does offer a distinct approach by writing a history of these wars that is not simply Francocentric but reflects the full European dimension of the conflicts. So the reader gets not only fresh information on such disparate actions as the Serbian revolt of 1804 and the Eastern and Ottoman fronts but a better understanding of the time period as a whole and Napoleon's historical place in it. Esdaile argues that the Napoleon we see today is the product of a very efficient propaganda machine begun on St. Helena by the emperor himself. Using contemporary sources describing the little Corsican, his resulting myth-busting portrait rings true. Placed within the author's panoramic view of the wars that spread so quickly across the European continent, it's a study that makes a compelling read. Recommended for all libraries.
—David Lee Poremba

From The Critics
"A welcome and well-written synthesis of recent scholarship." —-Kirkus
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101464373
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/27/2009
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 656
  • Sales rank: 363,440
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Charles Esdaile is a senior lecturer in history at the University of Liverpool. He is also the author of several books on history, including The Peninsular War, The Wars of Napoleon, The French Wars 1792–1815, and Spain in the Liberal Age. He lives near Formby, England. British-born Simon Prebble has built a successful career that spans the Atlantic. As a stage and television actor, he has played in everything from soaps to Shakespeare, but it is as a veteran narrator of over four hundred audiobooks that he has made his mark since coming to the United States in 1990. As one of AudioFile magazine's Golden Voices, Simon has received over twenty Earphones Awards and five Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Awards, and he has been a finalist fourteen times for an Audie Award, the audiobook industry's version of the Oscar. In 2006, Publishers Weekly named him Narrator of the Year, and he was named Booklist's 2010 Voice of Choice.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2010

    A First for Me

    I am an avid reader of military histories and felt that this book might "fill in some gaps" in my general knowledge of the time period in Europe.
    It is the first book on military history that I said "enough" after slogging through the first 200 pages. The author makes a conclusion at the beginning of the book and then proceeds to spend the ensuing pages justifying his conclusion. He assumes his reader is well versed in the time period and has read other works(which he implicitly disparages). The general tenor of the book is that of "talking down" to the reader and fails to convey any sense of caring whether the reader is interested or not.
    There have been a great number of wonderful books on the topic of military history......this definitely isn't one of them.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 23, 2010

    Napoleonic Wars

    Esdaile clearly knows his stuff. Very informative, in-depth study of Napoleonic Europe. This book is a must read for anyone with even a glancing interest in Napoleon.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2013

    As I studied under Günther Rothenberg, I had somewhat of a backg

    As I studied under Günther Rothenberg, I had somewhat of a background on Napoleon from the military strategic and tactical standpoint. As I am studying the German wars of unification, I sought this book to give some background in Europe in the early 19th century. If you are into diplomatic and political history, this is a good book. If you are looking for background on military affairs, this book is not for you. I do agree with both the postings of January 30, 2010 and January 23 of the same year--Esdaille does seem to know his material well and does go into more detail than a novice reader is capable of conceptualizing. It is more for the specialist, and I would leave it to a specialist to evaluate the quality and organization of the material here.

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