The definitive biography of the great soldier-statesman by the New York Times bestselling author of The Storm of War
Austerlitz, Borodino, Waterloo: his battles are among the greatest in history, but Napoleon Bonaparte was far more than a military genius and astute leader of men. Like George Washington and his own hero Julius Caesar, he was one of the greatest soldier-statesmen of all times.
Andrew Roberts’s Napoleon is the first one-volume biography to take advantage of the recent publication of Napoleon’s thirty-three thousand letters, which radically transform our understanding of his character and motivation. At last we see him as he was: protean multitasker, decisive, surprisingly willing to forgive his enemies and his errant wife Josephine. Like Churchill, he understood the strategic importance of telling his own story, and his memoirs, dictated from exile on St. Helena, became the single bestselling book of the nineteenth century.
An award-winning historian, Roberts traveled to fifty-three of Napoleon’s sixty battle sites, discovered crucial new documents in archives, and even made the long trip by boat to St. Helena. He is as acute in his understanding of politics as he is of military history. Here at last is a biography worthy of its subject: magisterial, insightful, beautifully written, by one of our foremost historians.
Great book, poor narrator
The history is phenomenal. Napoleon is not at all the Machiavellian my school teachers made him out to be. Great man, ruined by his own ego. The narrator, however, in some cases it is very hard to understand him, as the last word of every sentence, he seems to trail off.
Way Too Detailed
Exhausting to listen to. The new facts from new source material add to a long, long, long, long list of ... well, just new facts, most of which seem irrelevant. No matter how you slice it and no matter the good things he did, Napoleon was still a tyrant and was exiled with cause. If you're into tiring lists of facts this is for you. For me it got tedious. Well written but ultimately boring.
A long, long life
Exhaustive to a fault, no fact is too obscure to be included. I could have used more about his dramatic impact on people's attitudes and society in general.