Napoleon

Napoleon

by Frank McLynn
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Napoleon by Frank McLynn


Author McLynn explores the Promethean legend from his Corsican roots, through the chaotic years of the French Revolution and his extraordinary military triumphs, to the coronation in 1804, to his fatal decision in 1812 to add Russia to his seemingly endless conquests, and his ultimate defeat, imprisonment, and death in Saint Helena. McLynn aptly reveals the extent to which Napoleon was both existential hero and plaything of fate, mathematician and mystic, intellectual giant and moral pygmy, great man and deeply flawed human being.

As Napoleon’s obsession with his family surfaces and his conviction that every man has his price, the emperor emerges as a figure closer to a modern Mafia godfather than a visionary European. In this work, McLynn brings the reader, as never before, closer to understanding the much mythologized Napoleon.

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ISBN-13: 9781611450378
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
Publication date: 04/01/2011
Pages: 752
Sales rank: 411,961
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 2.10(d)

About the Author

Frank McLynn has over twenty books to his name, including his acclaimed biographies of Napoleon and Richard the Lionhearted. His other books include Richard and John: Kings at War; Villa and Zapata; 1066; Heroes & Villains; and Napoleon: A Biography. McLynn is a graduate of Oxford and London University. He lives in London.

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Napoleon 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lynn's biography of Napoleon delivers a well balanced view of the his political, personal, military, and sexual life. Lynn criticizes and empathizes with the complex person of Napoleon. I definetly reccommend the book for Napoleon enthusiasts and the general reader who wants only to own a single volume of the great military leader in their collection. Lynn, however, draws heavily upon psychoanalytic theory to explain Napoleon's 'unconscious motivations'. If you are a little rusty on your Freud & Adler, you may find yourself lost in a few paragraphs of the book, but this hardly spoils the read!
Paul_S85 More than 1 year ago
This was a valuable tool for a research paper on Napoleon. I felt that all the major episodes in Napoleon's time in and out of power were presented with great depth.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Frank McLynn's biography of Napoleon covers more material than Markham's and is more readable than Ludwig's. Perfectly designed for the modern reader the book outlines Napoleon's life far better than any I have read. McLynn presents Napoleon as a sympathetic man on a personal level yet cold and harsh in the abstract. McLynn is quickly becoming my favorite historian.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Often academics who posess a wealth of information on a certain topic can overwhelm the curious reader with minuate detail and over analysis of the subject matter. Heaven knows that the life of Napolean has been researched by an army of historians and others. I find that this author has been able to draw on the works of this army of researchers and put together a very fine book that reads well and holds the interest of an amatuer history buff such as myself. We are brought right into the late 18th and early 19th centuries and are able to get a feel for the times as Nepolean proceeded to impose his will throughout Europe. One learns not only what he accomplished, but also what drove this man. A fine read. I highly recommend this book.
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An astounding bioghraphy on napeoleon
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