The Rise and Fall of Napoleon
Rise v. 1
By (author) Robert B. Asprey
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Rise and Fall of Napoleon by Robert B. Asprey
Book DescriptionSince his untimely death aged fifty-one in 1821, Napoleon Bonaparte has been too often the victim of biographical revisionism that treats him either as a demi-god or as devil incarnate. In the first of this monumental new two-volume biography, Robert Asprey has preferred to treat him as a human being. The Rise and Fall of Napoleon (Volume 1: The Rise) chronicles the beginning of this most extraordinary of lives, from Napoleon's birth in 1769 to the historic Battle of Austerlitz in 1805, when he brilliantly defeated the Austro-Russian armies. What emerges is both a fascinating and contradictory figure: a child of the French Revolution who grew to be its master; who exploited the national will for what he believed to be the national good; who converted the surging passions of thirty million persons into an irresistible force to challenge and often topple archaic thrones; whose desire for European reforms ultimately fell victim to feudal superstition and misery. Based on years of research, Robert Asprey tells this remarkable tale with the even-handedness such a major historical figure deserves. He presents Napoleon as he was - a man dedicated to his vision of himself and his empire.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780349112886
(197mm x 125mm x 36mm)
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 6-Sep-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Robert B. Asprey
Reign of Napoleon Bonaparte, Paperback (September 2002)
Robert Asprey completes his two-volume biography with an intimate, fast-paced look at Napoleon's daring reign and tragic demise. We peer over Napoleon's shoulder as he solidifies his empire, loses control of it, plots his return from Elba, is defeated at Waterloo and suffers exile and death.
Rise and Fall of Napoleon, Paperback (September 2002)
* Masterly biography of the great French general, with special emphasis on his military genius.
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Ever since 1821, when he died at age 51 on the forlorn and windswept island of St Helena, Napoleon Bonaparte has been remembered as either demi-god or devil incarnate. In "The Rise of Napoleon Bonaparte", Robert Asprey instead treats him as a human.
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Author Biography - Robert B. Asprey
Robert Asprey is a former US Marine Corps captain who served in World War 2 and Korea. A Fulbright Scholar, he is a veteran of military history, internationally respected.
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