Napoleon : A Life
by Andrew Roberts
Editor: Penguin Books
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The definitive biography of the great soldier, statesman by the famous author of The Storm of War–winner of the los angeles Times Book prize, finalist for the Plutarch Prize, winner of the Napoleon Foundation, the prize and the front page of the New York Times bestseller “An exciting tale of political and military geniusRoberts is a rare talented writer”The Washington Post Austerlitz, Borodino, Waterloo: his battles are among the greatest in history, but Napoleon Bonaparte is much more than a military genius and astute leader of menLike George Washington and his own hero Julius Caesar, he was one of the greatest soldiers, the statesmen of all timesAndrew Roberts, Napoleon is the first volume of the biography to take advantage of Napoleon’s recent publication thirty-three thousand letters, which radically transform our understanding of his character and motivationFinally, we will see him as he was: protean multitasking, decisive, surprisingly willing to forgive his enemies and his wandering wife JosephineLike Churchill, he understood the strategic importance of telling his own story, and his memoirs, the dictation from exile to St. Helena, became the only bestseller of the nineteenth centuryAwarded by the historian, Roberts travelled to fifty-three of Napoleon’s sixty battle sites, discovered crucial new documents in the archives, and even made the long voyage by boat to St HelenaHe is acute, in his understanding of politics, as he is of military historyHere is finally a biography worthy of his subject: masterly, insightful, beautifully written, by one of our eminent historians
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