Napoleon: Life, Legacy, and Image: A Biography

Napoleon: Life, Legacy, and Image: A Biography

by Alan Forrest


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From Alan Forrest, a preeminent British scholar, comes an exceedingly readable account of the man and his legend

On a cold December day in 1840 Parisians turned out in force to watch as the body of Napoleon was solemnly carried on a riverboat from Courbevoie on its final journey to the Invalides. The return of their long-dead emperor's corpse from the island of St. Helena was a moment that Paris had eagerly awaited, though many feared that the memories stirred would serve to further destabilize a country that had struggled for order and direction since he had been sent into exile.

In this book Alan Forrest tells the remarkable story of how the son of a Corsican attorney became the most powerful man in Europe, a man whose charisma and legacy endured after his lonely death many thousands of miles from the country whose fate had become so entwined with his own.

Along the way, Forrest also cuts away the many layers of myth and counter myth that have grown up around Napoleon, a man who mixed history and legend promiscuously. Drawing on original research and his own distinguished background in French history, Forrest demonstrates that Napoleon was as much a product of his times as their creator.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250038357
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 12/03/2013
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 668,515
Product dimensions: 6.46(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.14(d)

About the Author

ALAN FORREST is a professor of modern history and director of the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies. He works on modern French history, especially the period of the French Revolution and Empire, and on the history of modern warfare. He serves on the editorial boards of French History and War in History, and is a member of the advisory committee for Annales Historiques de la Revolution Francaise. He lives in York, UK.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

1 Paris, 1840 1

2 Corsican Beginnings 17

3 Son of the Revolution 41

4 Bonaparte in Italy 69

5 Lure of the Orient 93

6 First Consul 115

7 From Consulate to Empire 145

8 Quest for Glory 173

9 A Vision of Civil Society 195

10 The Reinvention of Monarchy 217

11 From the Peninsula to Leipzig 241

12 The Hundred Days 269

13 Years of Exile 295

14 Life after Death 313

Notes 333

Bibliography 371

Acknowledgements 386

Index 389

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Napoleon: Life, Legacy, and Image: A Biography 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recommend this book if you know nothing about Napoleon. It is a quick review of his life and actions. It's not a long read, so you aren't getting a ton of information. What I did read was intriguing and informative. The book was well written. The only downside was the author expected the reader to know more coming into this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent explanation of Napoleon's motivations, genius, conquest. and demise. An important part of world history that everyone should be familiar with.