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Description - Napoleon by Paul Johnson

Written with great wit and panache, this biography also has a serious purpose: to make us face up to the moral bankruptcy of Napoleon's dictatorship. Johnson tells the whole story: his astonishing gift for figures and calculation, his mastery of cannon; his audacious, hyperactive and aggressive generalship and his simple battle tactics; his complete control of propaganda and the success of the cultural presentation of the Empire; the Code Napoleon; his failure as an international statesman, as Europe grew to hate him; his marshals and ministers; his wives, mistresses, personal style and working methods; the British blockade and the Continental System; the mistakes in Spain and Russia. The escape from Elba, the events leading up to Waterloo and the battle itself, which gets a full treatment, is particularly riveting.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781842126509
ISBN-10: 1842126504
Format: Paperback
(197mm x 131mm x 17mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson has written over 30 books and is one of Britain's leading historians. His book MODERN TIMES has been translated into 15 languages. A former editor of the NEW STATESMAN, he is a frequent contributor to newspapers throughout the world.

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