Napoleon in Egypt

Napoleon in Egypt

by Paul Strathern
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Napoleon in Egypt by Paul Strathern

In 1798, Napoleon Bonaparte, only twenty-eight, set sail for Egypt with 335 ships, 40,000 soldiers, and a collection of scholars, artists, and scientists to establish an eastern empire. He saw himself as a liberator, freeing the Egyptians from oppression. But Napoleon wasn’t the first—nor the last—who tragically misunderstood Muslim culture. Marching across seemingly endless deserts in the shadow of the pyramids, pushed to the limits of human endurance, his men would be plagued by mirages, suicides, and the constant threat of ambush. A crusade begun in honor would degenerate into chaos. And yet his grand failure also yielded a treasure trove of knowledge that paved the way for modern Egyptology—and it tempered the complex leader who believed himself destined to conquer the world.

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ISBN-13: 9780553385243
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/15/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 853,411
Product dimensions: 5.48(w) x 8.26(h) x 1.08(d)

About the Author

Paul Strathern studied philosophy at Trinity College, Dublin. He has lectured in philosophy and mathematics and is a Somerset Maugham Prize–winning novelist. He is the bestselling author of several books of nonfiction, including the series Philosophers in 90 Minutes and The Big Idea: Scientists Who Changed the World.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic book to learn about the period, Napoleon and all the characters involved. The author did an incredible job pulling together the details from sources such as letters home by French soldiers. The subject itself is incredible; has to be one of the world's most audacious military undertakings. Highly recommended.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1797, General Napoleon Bonaparte led a successful campaign in Italy, which led to him becoming a hero in France. One year later, he had grandiose plans to emulate his hero Alexander the Great by conquering India. However, first he decides to conquer Egypt. He leads an army of 40,000 across the Mediterranean Sea to Alexandria and easily defeats the local military in a series of battles that led to the French occupying Cairo. However, as easy as the military victories proved, the replacement of a local corrupt government based on the ideals of liberty and justice fail to take root. Shockingly he finds himself head of what is considered an occupation force by locals and soon a counterinsurgency ignites to kick the French and their nation building out of the Egypt. On the way back across the Mediterranean, Lord Admiral Nelson and the English Navy destroy much of Napoleon's navy. This is a well written historical with timely reminders that resonate with what has happened in the two American Middle East wars. Napoleon wins the war in Egypt, but loses the peace as people resent occupying forces while on the home front he claims mission accomplished. Insightful, Paul Strathern provides a deep look at Napoleon's Egyptian campaign that proved disastrous to the French, but not to him as he raced home proclaiming victory; chutzpah at its sneakiest. Ironically his scientists uncovered ancient ruins that proved the most lasting event of his ill-fated campaign as their findings changed humanity. Harriet Klausner
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