The Rise and Fall of Napoleon : Rise v. 1 Paperback
Since 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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 608 pages, Section: 25, Integrated: 25, int
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 06/09/2001
- Category: Biography: historical, political & military
- ISBN: 9780349112886