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Bonaparte
Author: Patrice Gueniffey

ISBN: 9780674368354
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 13 April 2015
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.3 x 17.2 x 5.7
Description:
Patrice Gueniffey is the leading French historian of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic age.

This book, hailed as a masterwork on its publication in France, takes up the epic narrative at the heart of this turbulent period: the life of Napoleon himself, the man who in Madame de Stael s words made the rest of the human race anonymous. Gueniffey follows Bonaparte from his obscure boyhood in Corsica, to his meteoric rise during the Italian and Egyptian campaigns of the Revolutionary wars, to his proclamation as Consul for Life in 1802.

Bonaparte" is the story of how Napoleon became Napoleon. A future volume will trace his career as emperor. Most books approach Napoleon from an angle the Machiavellian politician, the military genius, the life without the times, the times without the life. Gueniffey paints a full, nuanced portrait. We meet both the romantic cadet and the young general burning with ambition one minute helplessly intoxicated with Josephine, the next minute dominating men twice his age, and always at war with his own family. Gueniffey recreates the violent upheavals and global rivalries that set the stage for Napoleon s battles and for his crucial ro...

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