The acclaimed historian and author of The Campaigns of Napoleon presents his classic biography of the 19th century French Emperor and military leader.
Born on the island of Corsica in 1769, Napoleon Bonaparte entered L’Ecole Militaire in Paris at the age of fifteen. He supported the French Revolution and began to distinguish himself as a soldier at the Siege of Toulon. After a phenomenal rise to power through the military machine, Napoleon became the de facto ruler of France by the age of thirty.
A widely celebrated historian of the Napoleonic Era, David Chandler chronicles the life of Napoleon Bonaparte, capturing one of history’s greatest military minds in a lively and dramatic narrative. Chandler traces Napoleon’s development as a military commander through the hard-fought battles at Marengo, Austerlitz, Jeana-Auerstadt, Friedland, the Peninsular War, the Russian campaign, and his final defeat at Waterloo.