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Publisher Description

The definitive biography of the great soldier-statesman by the New York Times bestselling author of The Storm of War—winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography and the Grand Prix of the Fondation Napoleon 

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.

Biographies & Memoirs
November 4
Penguin Publishing Group

Customer Reviews


I have to look up five words per page!

I am only at the beginning of this book so my review may change. Like I said in the title, I am looking up a lot of words, some there are no definitions for! I have read a decent amount in my life, I feel like I am just learning to read with how much I am referencing the dictionary.

k2films ,

Three dollars MORE than the hard cover!

I was ready to buy this and prefer using the iBooks store but this price is ridiculous.

It's $4.50 more than another popular online bookstore's version and even more expensive than the hardcover version. How can a digital download be more expensive than its hardcover edition?

Apple, you need to sharpen your pencil on these prices. The iBooks experience used to be appreciably better than your competitors but it's not worth paying such a premium.

Lukester2012 ,

Five Stars

Best biography concerning Napoleon and amongst the best biographies written in a decade. The work is a jewel, beautifully written, in form and substance.

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